Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych

I'm sure you've heard by now that Mark Fidrych passed away yesterday from an accident on his farm. I can't add anything to what is being said by the papers around Michigan except for my personal memory of Mark.

I never met him in person, and I was too young to remember him on television. However, I was watching the last game at Tiger Stadium with a friend, when during the post-game ceremonies, Mark jogged out to the mound. Then, out of his back pocket, he produced a small plastic bag. He scooped up some of the dirt from the pitcher's mound and put it in the bag. I'll never forget that moment.

Your friendly and outgoing personality will be missed Mark!