The Detroit News has a nice article on an upcoming documentary about Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.
I'll never forget that summer. I was in high school in the Detroit area. Fidrych actually came to an interview with high school students, and I was a photographer for our student paper, taking his picture, talking to him, next to him. Not an uber cool, unapproachable guy (maybe the times were different). Anyway, he was a simple, down to earth, happy go lucky, approachable guy. I can see how John and Jim Harbaugh loved him too. I don't have cable or get the MLB network, but I think this is one special I'd like to see.
The producer of the movie, Bruce Cornblatt, loved the project, and loved the interviews with Jim and John. About Jim, the article says,
Jim Harbaugh, in the documentary, called Fidrych his favorite player growing up, and had a touching story about the time he was at Tiger Stadium as a fan and Fidrych came over and said hi. Jim Harbaugh the young boy was speechless. The day after that Monday night game, Jim Harbaugh said he was pitching in Little League — and mimicking all of Fidrych's mound antics.
Can't exactly say why, but my eyes teared up just a bit thinking back to that summer. Where does time go?
Major league games are great, but they murder your wallet and you probably aren't going to a handful or more of them a year unless you're affluent.
I love going to minor league games. I have a stadium that just got built in my hometown within walking distance and there's one I live a short drive from for 9 months a year when at school.
I've been to
- Fifth Third Field in Toledo (Hens killed Columbus 10-0 tonight)
- Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park
- Great Lakes Loons in Midland
- Pensacola Blue Wahoos
- Jimmy Johns Field in Utica, MI
Anyone watching the Tigers? So Verlander just picked a guy off and it was a close play. The runner was called out. Then the Tigers walked slowly off the field and Verlander was chatting with the umpire while Tampa's coaching staff looked at the monitor to decide if they were going to challenge or not. Anyone know why they would hold the game up to allow Tampa to decide whether they would challenge? In the NFL, the game goes on and the team has to throw that red flag fast or the next play starts. Giving the challenging team 3-5 minutes to decide if they are even going to challenge is a waste of time. Am I missing something or is that how this is done in MLB? seems silly
This is very optimistic, but let's suppose the Indians run out of their Pedro Serrano Jobu magic. If in September the Tigers are right there for a playoff spot and Fulmer has reached his pre-determined inning limit for the season, what do you do? This also supposes Fulmer continues to be their best pitcher.
I'm currently in Florida for my 11 year old's final travel baseball tournament of the season. A dad from another team was commenting on how "park ball" has given way to these specialized travel tournaments because fewer kids are now playing little league, and that in general baseball culture is slowly dying with kids these days. Here in the south I don't know that I see baseball slipping away like that, but it makes me wonder about how things are going in the north (where I used to live) or just in general. What do the rest of you think? Does baseball no longer hold the place it once did among kids in America?