Greg Halman news
Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times had a pair of posts about Greg Halman on his blog yesterday. The first covered Halman’s funeral service in The Netherlands. The second had more details on the case against Halman’s brother.
Thousands see Greg Halman laid to rest as his family now copes with second part of tragedy
Greg Halman was given a sendoff in his native country of The Netherlands today befitting of a baseball player who had become a pioneer for Europeans in the game. Thousands attended a funeral mass and burial in the small town of Dreihuis, just outside of Halman’s hometown of Haarlem.
The Mariners were represented at the funeral by players Dan Cortes, Mike Carp, Adam Moore and Matt Mangini, all of whom teamed with Halman in Class AAA and later in the majors. The five stood on stage in a packed chapel, with thousands more outside, and Cortes told the story we mentioned on this blog last week about how he first met Halman, who had been mocking a tattoo of his in Spanish — not realizing Cortes was of hispanic heritage.
Mariners international scouting guru Bob Engle was at the funeral as well, along with scout Wayne Norton, who signed Halman. Mariners Dutch scout Peter Van Dalen, who put Larson on to Halman when the latter was just a teenager, was there as well.
“It was really special,” Van Dalen said. “We had to walk up a bit of a hill to get to the service and when you looked back down again, you could see all the people lined up ready to come and listen as well. It showed you just how important he was to so many people.”
[Frits] Huizinga is a former vice-president of the Kinheim team in the Dutch Major League, where Greg Halman got his start as a teenager and Jason Halman played up until last season. Besides knowing both brothers since birth, he’s been friends with their mother, Hanny Suidgeest, since she was 16 year old and has known their father, Eddy Halman, since his days playing for Kinheim as well.
In other words, he has the full backing of Halman’s immediate family and he is echoing their feelings when he says the death was the tragic result of terrible circumstances. Jason Halman, he said — confirming our blog post of this morning — had been suffering from psychological and emotional issues in the two weeks prior to the killing.
He had begun talking out loud to himself and very rapidly, not seeming to realize there was anyone else around. This type of behavior greatly alarmed his family.
“That’s the problem,” Huizinga told me. “We never realized what was going on. It was just in the last two weeks.”
Things intensified when Greg Halman returned Nov. 13 to the Rotterdam apartment he shared with his brother, following a European tour with other major leaguers. For much of the next week, Greg Halman saw his brother deteriorate to the point where his constant talking to himself aloud was starting to become unbearable. His pleas to his brother to stop didn’t seem to work.
Read the whole thing.
A couple of videos from the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Narration is in Dutch, but there are a few English speakers in the video:
This is video taken last week at the headquarters of Halman’s Dutch team:
Here is video from the services: