Larry Walker has HOF support

Who are those Walker backers. Well, from behind they are (left-to-right): Randy Beatty (Brantford, Ont.), Dean Opyc (Kitchener, Ont.), Tony Carnelos (Georgetown, Ont.), Scott Neiles (Winnipeg, Man.), Mark Macaulay (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jason Rabjon (Peterborough, Ont.). Photos: Amanda Fewer.

Who are those Walker backers. Well, from behind they are (left-to-right): Randy Beatty (Brantford, Ont.), Dean Opyc (Kitchener, Ont.), Tony Carnelos (Georgetown, Ont.), Scott Neiles (Winnipeg, Man.), Mark Macaulay (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jason Rabjon (Peterborough, Ont.). Photos: Amanda Fewer.

By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network

Scott Neiles walked into Marlins Park Saturday morning wearing a Colorado Rockies uniform with the No. 33 and the name Walker on the back.

And behind him came a No. 33 Walker a Montreal Expos jersey and a No. 33 St. Louis Cardinals Walker uniform top.

“We thought,” said Neiles (Winnipeg, Man.), “that we would pay proper tribute to the best Hall of Famer not in the Hall of Fame.”

Randy Beatty (Brantford, Ont.), Dean Opyc (Kitchener, Ont.), Tony Carnelos (Georgetown, Ont.), Mark Macaulay (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jason Rabjon (Peterborough, Ont.) rounded out the group of Walker worshippers.

Neiles, who played with the Canadian National Team in his day, operates Home Run Sports a sporting good store with locations in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Transcona, Man., Surrey, BC, London, Ont. and Mississauga. 

And when they turned around Randy Beatty (Brantford, Ont.), Jason Rabjon (Peterborough, Ont.), Mark Macaulay (Winnipeg, Man.), Tony Carnelos (Georgetown, Ont.), Scott Neiles (Winnipeg, Man.), Dean Opyc (Kitchener, Ont.) and Dave Blatz (Winnipeg, Man.) a Team Canada trainer.

Against the Dominican Republic the grouped dressed up in Hockey Canada sweaters and some wore hockey helmets.