Ernie Harwell, Human Legend, Dies

Ernie Harwell 1918 - 2010

Ernie Harwell 1918 - 2010

I am so saddened even though I knew this day was coming.  An incredible sadness for this loss, a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye.  Ernie was such a part of my life, our lives, and there was no better gentleman and no truer human than Ernie Harwell.  This place will not be the same without him. Bless you, Ernie, and thank you for giving us so much without ever asking for anything in return.

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So Long, My Old Friend

tigers70On Wednesday, September 23th at 9:24 AM something happened that made me stop dead in my tracks.  I stopped everything I was doing, right in the middle of my work day, and poised myself for a long moment of silence and reflection.  During my moment I reached back, way back into my past and began a journey forward.  This expedition began when I was a small boy of about five years.  It continued on through my years in elementary school, junior high and high school.  I traveled forward all the way into my adult life and to this day.  On this Wednesday I realized a great sadness usually reserved for the loss of someone close to me.  On this day I realized the loss of some thing close to me – on this day the final section of Tiger Stadium in Detroit met its match and succumbed to the wrecking ball. (more…)