"In my almost 92 years on this earth, the good lord has blessed me with a great journey. The blessed part of that journey is that it's going to end here in the great state of Michigan." - Ernie Harwell
This morning we read an article about Ernie Harwell on espn.com, which featured Mr. Harwell's words to Detroit fans before signing off at his last game. We have found that moments in sports such as these can cause even the toughest of men and women to choke up and draw a tear. Reading these words was one of those moments for us and we felt that it would be very wrong of us to not share those words with you.
"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. I'm not leaving, folks. I'll still be with you, living my life in Michigan -- my home state -- surrounded by family and friends."
"And rather than goodbye, please allow me to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be part of your family. Thank you for taking me with you to that cottage up north, to the beach, the picnic, your work place and your backyard. Thank you for sneaking your transistor under the pillow as you grew up loving the Tigers. Now, I might have been a small part of your life. But you've been a very large part of mine. And it's my privilege and honor to share with you the greatest game of all." - Ernie Harwell