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EMOTIONAL NIGHT

While the Royals were in Detroit, we were lucky enough to be on hand when legendary, longtime Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell came to the ballpark to say “thank you” and, sadly, “so long…”

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Ernie is 91 and was recently diagnosed with inoperable cancer.  He visited the Ernie Harwell press box.  Here flanked by, among many others, current Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson on the left and team President Dave Dombrowski on the right.  Ernie looks great and was in great spirits.

 

 

 

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A Detroit Free Press photographer captured Ernie leaving our radio booth after he came in to greet us.  The nicest man you could ever meet.  He gave Don a big hug.  That’s Don on the left.Harwell on field.jpg

 

In the middle of the third inning he addressed the crowd.  He was in full voice, no notes.  He was probably the only one without a tear in his eye.  Ernie…we all love you…(speaking for baseball fans everywhere….not just in Detroit).

BODY DOUBLE

Tigers skipper Jim Leyland has been a Major League manager for many years…but did you know there are two Jim Leylands?  

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Actually there is only one.  But as you can see in the photos above, a Comerica Park security man is a dead ringer for the Detroit skipper.  On the left, Jim Leyland visits with Royals Bench Coach John Gibbons and Manager Trey Hillman.  On the right is John (didn’t get his last name). He has the same glasses and mustache.  Apparently the “Leyland look” is all the rage in the Motor City. 

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Here’s proof that Jim and John are not the same person.  Leyland leans over the railing, talking with Dave Owen and Gibbons (below with catchers mitt).  You can see security man John standing watch behind the railing to the right.


Detroit Security2.jpgSo we salute John.  No, he doesn’t have a multi-million dollar contract like his lookalike Jim Leyland.  But he could prove valuable to the home team.  Next time Leyland gets thrown out of a game, perhaps John would lend Leyland his shorts.  The Tiger skipper could stay in the game, incognito.  And his disguise would be a LOT more convincing than Bobby Valentine’s was years ago…

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