Monday, April 13, 2009

Mark Fidrych 1954 - 2009

I don't usually get all that choked up over the deaths of people I've never met, but this is so damned sad.

When he first signed with the Tigers, he rented an apartment in Southgate, another blue collar downriver suburb of Detroit. He was always nice to the kids who hung around on their bikes, waiting for a glimpse of the Best Thing In Baseball, 1976 Edition. When his arm gave way he moved back to Massachusetts and lived a simple, happy life. Ernie Harwell said of him "He reminds me of that line of Rudyard Kipling: 'He could meet triumph and disaster and treat them the same way.' "

The Bird

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

And speaking of rising from the dead...

Detroit43.571-3-01-34133+8Won 34-3
Kansas City33.500.51-22-11419-5Won 13-3
Chicago Sox33.500.53-30-02419+5Won 23-3
Minnesota34.42912-21-22637-11Lost 23-4
Cleveland15.1672.51-20-33351-18Won 11-5

Last year we didn't hit .500 until some time in June. I like this year better.