Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Homespun Sports Hero

Mark Fidrych.

That was such a fun summer. 1976.

"The Bird" was baseball.

Pumping gas when a Tigers' scout signed him for a $3,000 bonus.

Dead in a dump truck accident on his farm Monday? At 54?

Bad bad deal...

If you never got to see him pitch -- 'play' is a better word here -- I wish you had. He was all about joy out there. You had to root for him.