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'Lima Time' ended before its time

'We've lost a great human being,' Yankees' Pena says at wake for Jose Lima

Updated: May 29, 2010, 4:29 PM ET
By Adry Torres | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Many, perhaps, didn't warm up to Jose Lima and his "Lima Time," whether it was his gestures after striking out a batter or any of his other antics when he was having a good time.

You don't know what you were missing.

My Lima Time experience took place on a May night in 2001 after an Astros-Mets game at Shea Stadium. After wrestling for a spot to get a player to sign my baseball, I managed to call out to Lima, then with the Astros, in Spanish while other players ...

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