Always a Tiger

BELIEVE: Go Tigers!

OK, I will admit it.

I thought I could not watch the fifth game of the ALCS after the game four heartbreak.  I rationalized it in many ways: Too late, too tired for the early morning meeting on Friday, what happens happens.

It actually is simply because I couldn’t take the emotional wringing.  My television was in danger of damage from objects I was throwing.

I know I have been told that this is simply not something that a man of my age and responsibilities should feel; a childhood game having that kind of hold.

Then Justin Verlander took the mound, and it clicked on – it was not too late, I will not be tired, and, as I have said on many occasions in this blog, I BELIEVE.









I have been following the Tigers for over 50 years.

I learned to love them from my Mom putting me to sleep with the transistor radio tuned to Ernie Harwell and George Kell.

Seen them in Briggs Stadium, then Tiger’s Stadium, and now Comerica Park.  Shared every victory and endured every loss. Continue reading

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Heart of the Tiger at Henry Ford Hospital


Talk about great customer service.

Tigers at Henry Ford Hospital

The Detroit Tigers traveled across Michigan – through our first “major” winter snow – as part of their annual Winter Caravan to thank fans and get them excited about the upcoming baseball season.

(Spring training and warmer weather are right around the corner!)

Henry Ford Hospital was one of many Detroit-area destinations on the 2012 Winter Caravan route.

We were thrilled to welcome Tigers Vice President and Assistant General Manager Al Avila and players Collin Balester, Brennan Boesch, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Hoffman, Andy Oliver, Ramon Santiago and Tyler Stohr, as well as the “voice of the Detroit Tigers” on Fox Sports Mario Impemba.

Tigers’ team physician Dr. Michael Workings of the Henry Ford Department of Family Medicine was also in attendance.

Henry Ford employees cheer for the Tigers

Our hospital team gave the Tigers an amazing Henry Ford welcome, cheering and swinging Tigers towels in the air.

Some employees even had the chance to ask the Tigers about their most memorable moments during the 2011 season, and a few lucky employees received special prizes from the Tigers.

The visit got me thinking about how  much Henry Ford Hospital and the Detroit Tigers actually have in common when it comes to our long history in Detroit.

Take 1968. It’s the year the Tigers won the World Series AND Henry Ford Hospital performed Detroit’s first kidney transplant. Continue reading

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