The last time Rich Gargel talked on the phone with his son, 19-year-old Temple pitcher Richie Gargel was asking for money.
"I said, 'Dude, I'm eating my salad right now, but as soon as we're done I'll go and wire you some cash.' He said, 'Thanks,' and that was the last time I spoke to him," Gargel recalled yesterday in an interview with the St. Cloud Times.
Richie Gargel, who was pitching for the St. Cloud (Minn.) River Bats in the summer Northwoods League, died following a swimming-pool accident at the home of one of the team's host families. He died shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, with his parents, three sisters and a brother at his bedside at St. Cloud Hospital.