Being in sports media means never having to apologize for being wrong

A few days ago Detroit Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez wrote a column apologizing for not predicting that Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo would be the break out player of the year for the team. Carlos never should have written the column. And he owes no one an apology. Sports writers are asked toContinue reading “Being in sports media means never having to apologize for being wrong”

Stand up and cheer for Yabba Dabba Baddoo

A few years ago the Detroit Tigers pushed a catchy slogan of “Who’s your Tiger?” In other words who do you pay close attention to? Who do you root for? Who do you admire? Put me down for left fielder Akil Baddoo, who should be taking the town by storm during this brief baseball season.Continue reading “Stand up and cheer for Yabba Dabba Baddoo”

No cheering in the press box still applies in retirement

What do you do now when you are watching a Tigers or Lions game with your friends and the home team does something well? Do you hug now during Covid-19 like you used to? Do you dish out high fives like you used to? Or do you do something else? We are supposed to socialContinue reading “No cheering in the press box still applies in retirement”

Detroit media giant Cliff Russell always believed in me

During my younger days I was playing in the media division of the Gus Macker basketball tournament at Eastern Michigan University and things were not going well. I’d just made the controversial decision to leave the Detroit Free Press for the Detroit News. I played on the News team and we were getting our buttsContinue reading “Detroit media giant Cliff Russell always believed in me”

JD Martinez a Tiger for life if Mike Ilitch were alive

The Tigers are telling people that they might not be able to afford slugger JD Martinez and may trade him before he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season. If Mike Ilitch were alive we would not hear such silly talk. JD would be part of the Tigers long-term future. Whether the moves wereContinue reading “JD Martinez a Tiger for life if Mike Ilitch were alive”