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.' "

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