Gibson reactions: “I can’t see Gibson crawling into a corner over this”

As news spread of Kirk Gibson’s battle with Parkinson’s disease, reactions came in from across baseball. Most of it foretold of a heck of a fight coming from Gibson.

“I can’t see Kirk Gibson folding up shop and crawling into a corner over this,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday. “I don’t think that’s in his DNA.”

Ausmus wasn’t a teammate of Gibson, missing him by a year in Detroit, but knows him well.

“Obviously you feel awful for Gibby and his family,” Ausmus said. “I’ve known Gibby for about 15 years, 16 years, and he’s always been great to me, a tremendous person. One of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever watched. I just feel awful for him and his family.”

Tigers play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba worked with Gibson in 2002, and again on Opening Day a few weeks ago. He has been looking forward to working with him again, only to hear this.

“It was shocking news,” Impemba said. “The major part of my experience with Kirk was working with him in 2002, my first year in Detroit. He was the color analyst and I think I learned quickly what Kirk is all about. He’s a tough guy, he’s a fighter, and he’s not afraid of challenges. I know this is not a good diagnosis but I think he’ll meet this thing head-on and we just hope for the best.”

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle played with Gibson in the minor leagues. He learned of Gibson’s diagnosis during his pregame session with reporters.

“I know Kirk from back playing minor league ball together. He’s always been up for a challenge,” Hurdle said. “You never want to see anybody have to meet this challenge. … I would imagine it’s good that the diagnosis is in place, because there are procedures and things that can be done along the course to try to maintain some balance and some quality of life. What a competitor. What a good man, a good man to have in the game, a good man to know. … I will reach out to him.”

The Tigers released a statement: “The Detroit Tigers family wishes the best for Kirk Gibson, and our thoughts are with Kirk and his family. We are all hopeful for Kirk’s return to the ballpark soon.”

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Watching for the past 5 years here in AZ it was obvious to me here was developing Parkinson’s disease. His faciallack of expressions and stiff movement of his arms and gait

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Interesting when I saw him on TV I thought he lacked facial expression, didnt know it was a symptom

My dad had it. His hands started shaking and my mom finally got him to see a doctor. Medications are better now.

Never imagined I would hear Parkinson’s & Gibby in the same sentence. Sad news.

Wishing Gibby and his family the best . He is in our thoughts and prayers . Gotta think we will see him back at the ball park.

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