Operation Opening Day
Mario Impemba, the Play-by-Play Announcer for FOX Sports Detroit did a great service for the men and women of the US Armed Forces this year. He is offering a free DVD to active-duty military members of the Detroit Tigers home opener 2009 versus the Texas Rangers. The Tigers won the game 15 to 2 behind the stellar pitching of Armando Galarraga and a grand slam by Miguel Cabrera.
This week I got my DVD in the mail, and promptly watched it! It was great to see the local Detroit broadcast, considering I live in the Seattle area now. Additionally, I was out at sea when this game actually took place. The DVD features the complete pre-game festivities and the post-game show. During the game Tigers legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell is interviewed about his relationship with the late great George Kell. Willie Horton was also interviewed on how sports affects the economically downtrodden Detroit.
I want to thank Mario for getting me a little piece of home while I am doing my time for the Navy. I still think of Michigan as my home, even though I have only spent a matter of weeks there over the last few years.