You know I’m sad and all of our friends that got to experience your friendship are sad that you’re gone but you know what?
I’m pretty sure that what we all shared was special. That brotherhood of intense friendship and living life to the fullest and squeezing every last ounce of what life had to offer. Ricky was everyone’s friend, he was a natural born leader and where he led we were all sure to have the best of times.
I could never have dreamed of a tighter crew, always there for each other, always pursuing the fruit of life, laughter and fun.
They can’t take those things from us. They could take your body but you imparted that spirit in all of us. The spirit and will to pursue the fun in life. I’m sure we’ll all agree that that spirit will live on in us as a testament to what we all had in our youth and that we learned from the leader of the pack, the elder statesman- Ricky.
What I’d give for one more game of volleyball with the steak tips on the grill. One more rip around the Cape on the Mako, one more EPIC 3rd of July party with The Catalina’s wailing away- “My Heart Don’t Feel Too Safe I Need Protection!”, “Fire In The Hole!”, one More Fiesta “Slice! you ruined my “shirt!, one more run into Boston at 11:30PM because we could catch last call, one more reggae concert at Hammond Castle, one more overnighter on the back side of Cranes, one more dinner at The Columbia House, one more spring training game “Nomar’s Bettah!”, one more Sunday watching football with the fire stoked in the room overlooking the breakwater, one more guys trip.
Oh what I’d give. We lived it-all of us brothers, and even if those things never happen again they can never take those memories from us- when we were kings.
Love you man
And to all my other brothers and you know who you are, I Love You Too
The spirit will never die
“I think I see a rainbow people” (those of you who get that reference I’m sure you’re smiling through your tears)