How do you honor a man who meant so much to so many people. How can anyone give more of themselves than that man gave of himself.? The answer, is, of course, that you can't, all you can do is show your love, your respect.
That's exactly what 35,000 plus fans, friends, and family of long time Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell did on Monday night, they gathered at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit, packing the ballpark and watching as Ernie's Tigers gave their respect to the late play by play man with a 5-4 win over the visiting defending World Series Champion New York Yankees.
A man revered across the country, from his home state of Georgia, to his final resting place in Michigan, would've been proud of these Tigers, from rookie outfielder Brennan Boesch, who drove in three runs, to Johnny Damon, who homered..."and it's long gooone!", against his ex-teammates, to Magglio Ordonez, who made a sliding, game saving catch on a line drive by Derek Jeter to end a Yankee rally in the 8th inning.
This night was for Tigers fans everywhere, from the top of the UP, all the way back to the Motor City. Tigers fans had a special relationship with Ernie. He taught us baseball, he talked to us as if we were the only ones he was talking to...like he was our Dad, or our Uncle. Ernie meant more to the fans in the state of Michigan than can ever be written here, he was just that special, men like Ernie come along once in a generation, if your lucky...and boy were we ever lucky, lucky enough to, even though we may have never meant him, we could still call Ernie Harwell as our friend.