Ernie Harwell permanently connected so many people who listened to him to the amazing game of baseball. I'm a passionate Detroit Tigers fan who grew up not only listening to him broadcast games, but imitating his calls in my backyard with my brothers as we'd play whiffle ball. When I think of Tigers baseball, I don't just think about my hometown baseball team, I hear Ernie Harwell. When I see Tigers baseball, I hear Ernie Harwell.
Ernie Harwell is Detroit Tigers baseball.
So when Ernie gave what seemed like a "Thank you fans, good bye" speech tonight between the top and bottom half of the 3rd inning, I couldn't hold back the tears that built up in my eyes. It was perfect, it was special, and it was heartwarming. I got goosebumps all over my body as I let a tear drop loose and slide down my cheek. I'm sure there were thousands of Tigers fans who felt the same way.
Ernie, thanks for all the memories.