I stand, put my hand over my heart and sing along. In my monotone. That is when I'm live at the games. My colleagues all know that and OK, I'm a bit eccentric. What they don't know is that when I'm home and TV actually shows the rendering of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' instead of jumping to a big-bucks commercial, I stand up and sing along, too. Hand over heart.
It was time for the wise guy to deliver his annual obituary before the pro football season started. He had a microphone in front of him and a vast audience in radio prime time listening to what had been billed as wisdom.
The words are most valuable player. Simple words. MVP — the annual vote fest that so frequently provides contentiousness, contrariness and controversy on the previously noted media outlets. Some years the speculation approaches bloodshed.
The trips were 142 miles, due east. From Kalamazoo to Tiger Stadium. The kid on board with his dad. But for this kid it became different. He carried his own ambitions to the old ballpark in downtown Detroit — and they came true.
No comfort zone for the Tigers. Not this year. The 2014 Tigers were designed, supposedly, to be reminiscent of the Detroit club of 1984. A 30th anniversary celebration.
Major League Baseball's All-Star Game overkill with Derek Jeter is etched into the history books. It's over. Now MLB's television commercial hard sell is October. The playoffs.
It is true that ESPN did not discover Babe Ruth. It did not even invent baseball, football, basketball or soccer. It did not invent the photogenic home run, although it might seem so during the variety of sports shows around 10 o'clock every night.
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