Ernie Harwell to visit Comerica Park

Hall of Fame broadcaster and Tigers icon Ernie Harwell will visit Comerica Park to meet with the team and thank fans for their support on Wednesday night, when the Tigers host Kansas City.

Harwell, who revealed earlier this month that he has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct, plans to visit with players, media members and friends before the 7:05 p.m. ET game. He’ll take an opportunity to thank fans at some point during the game, though it will not come in a formal ceremony in accordance with his wishes, according to a Tigers spokesperson.

The team has had an open invitation for Harwell to visit ever since he retired from play-by-play broadcasting after the 2002 season, and he has visited several times. At least a couple players, Brandon Inge and Ramon Santiago, were on the team during Harwell’s final season as the Tigers’ radio voice.

More recently, the club invited him to come out if he wished and felt up to it after his diagnosis. At this point in his battle with cancer, Harwell is strong and moving around well.

“He wants to thank the fans for their love and support and gratitude,” Tigers vice president of communications Ron Colangelo said.

Harwell has received countless messages of support from fans since he went public with the diagnosis. The day the news came out, he said, his phone was ringing non-stop. His representative, S. Gary Spicer, also said he has received hundreds of messages at his office.

22 Comments

WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!

“He’ll take an opportunity to thank fans at some point during the game, though it will not come in a formal ceremony in accordance with his wishes, according to a Tigers spokesperson.”

Are you kidding me, Mr. I!?!?! Is this real? ERNIE HARWELL SHOULD ADDRESS THE CITY AND TEAM FROM THE MOUND!

this is enough to make me sick. I’m not kidding. WOW WOW WOW

I’ll be at the game on Wednesday, I will look forward to whatever Mr. Harwell feels like doing.

I’ll be at the game on Wednesday, I will look forward to whatever Mr. Harwell feels like doing. I bet you he will be in the box for a little bit with Rod and Mario as well.

The site is freaking out a little.

Jimmyleyland, it says those are his wishes to not do a formal ceremony – his choice.

Wish you well Ernie – you will always be the voice of the Tigers.

I hope you are right Rich that Curtis was looking better last night.
It is inconceivable that his inability to hit lefties is not weighing on his mind. Whilst his averages against righties has held up for .279/.365 and .296/.446 for RISP, his production has steadily dropped throughout the season with his HR/RBI figures being for April 7 / 15; May 6 / 15; June 5 /13; July 4 / 7; August 3 / 9 and September 2 / 3. Against lefties, Curtis was .194 / .282 pre break and .118 / .151 post and is now .105 / .167 for RISP.
JL’s stubborness playing Curtis against lefties is doing no one any favours.

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Raburn has become a real surprise packet (remember his season 1 for 20 start) as leadoff and in centre field. Why did JL replace him with Clete after his 2 hits and hitting righties .292 this season and career .276???
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Last night made it our 2nd win (first at home) with a leadoff homer following a 13-5 win at Texas in July.

Sometimes you can spot when a hitter is coming out of a funk before he actually starts getting hits. And sometimes it’s a false alarm. I hope this is one of those times when I got it right. We need Granderson, because replacing him is very difficult.
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I assumed JL replaced Raburn with Thomas because Ryan had banged his knee so hard against the fence. He was really hobbling and grimacing in his subsequent AB. If not for the injury, I don’t make that move.
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Mr. Harwell, characteristically, doesn’t want a huge fuss made over him. My opinion is he’s doing this for us, not himself. And after Wednesday, we may not see much more of him. I hope FSN can provide good coverage of his visit.
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–Rich

Good news for the Tigers, Morneau and likely Crede are out for the rest of the year. Two of the biggest Tiger killers out there. Here’s a link to the article:
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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4473567

God Bless Ernie. He is a true class act and one of the greatest broadcasters ever. What a year for Tiger fans, losing ‘The Bird’, ‘The Corner’, George Kell, and now this…

Good to see Magglio in the lineup tonight. No point in not starting your hottest hitter. I still think Huff should, and after last night deserves, to get into the field for a change. He may hit better if JL runs him out to firstbase sometimes. And Guillen in the 2 hole. Don’t recall ever seeing that.
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–Rich

I appreciated Huff’s honesty after last night’s game. Not one sign of big noting himself.
This last series against KC is not going to be easy with Greinke in the final and KC playing loose and easy. Coming before our final 9 day road trip, the Tigs can’t afford any slipups. JL does seem to have them in the right frame of mind. Jarrods start is going to be huge and if the bullpen holds, we should get thru no worse then 2-1.
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Curtis flyball % is well up this year from 40.7% in 2008 to a team high 49.4%. His plate discipline however continues to be very good swinging outside the strike zone only 19.6% of the time (19.8% in 2008) and well below the MLB average of around 25%.
I have no idea why he is struggling. It maybe just be a question of his timing coming back.
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Not surprising to maybe some of you, Miggs far and away swings outside the strike zone more than any other Tiger with 32.7% with Everett next on 29.4%. With guidance and some maturity, his production over the next 5-10 years should become seriously scary.

YANK HIM NOW!!!!

Wonderful. Haven’t even settled in and we’re down 4-0 to the Royals. If these get in (and I mean IF) it’ll be butt first. Geez.

I have mentioned this before. Washburn is the most boring pitcher I have ever seen on the mound..
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Also really tired of the complete ineffectivieness since he donned a Tiger uniform. I think Gardenhire must have been behind this acqusition. He has been dreadful and shows no sign of being anything but.
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How many more games do we give away and how many more times do we have to watch his pained face after getting thumped.
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Why do we have so much trouble with this losing ball club? 20 games behind and they look like the 27 Yankees when we play them.

I think Washburn’s short career as a Tiger just officially ended.

So much for this game. We really got hosed on this trade.

So much for this game. We really got hosed on this trade.

What a dreadful start.

With all the millions paid to starting pitchers, ‘old’ dependable Miner is patiently sitting in the bullpen waiting to come in to pick up the pieces.
It feels like this has gone on year after year but the funny thing is he doesn’t become a free agent until 2013.

Washburn will likely be given another shot if he lies and says his knee is OK JL wants to have a lefty work and will try to force things till it does…….or doesn’t. Does he deserve another shot? Simply, no.
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Does nayone know af another player who has a worse check-swing than our beloved Brandon?.
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I hope Miner can turn this into a game he’s done well so far.
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Tejada looks like he is going to be tough. I suspect our guys will keep trying for the fences and in all honesty that may not be all that bad idea. They might get lucky with a man or two on.

For those of you who were unable to attend Mitch Albom’s book release (Have a Little Faith) event at the Fox Theatre in Detroit last week, here is a great video of Mitch’s interview with Ernie Harwell. I swear, that voice is one-of-a-kind. If we were playing “Name That Tune” I think most of us could name Ernie Harwell’s voice in one note!

Harwell fans, you’ll love this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB0ohj5EyTI

…and this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qobo4qz8GRY

Pass it on!

For those of you who were unable to attend Mitch Albom’s book release (Have a Little Faith) event at the Fox Theatre in Detroit last week, here is a great video of Mitch’s interview with Ernie Harwell. I swear, that voice is one-of-a-kind. If we were playing “Name That Tune” I think most of us could name Ernie Harwell’s voice in one note!

Harwell fans, you’ll love this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB0ohj5EyTI

…and this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qobo4qz8GRY

Pass it on!

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