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February 09, 2006

Missing You


Posted at February 9, 2006 09:37 AM

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Sans, my blog is messed up today, so I couldn't post the following. I hope you don't mind my putting it here.

One year ago, our dear friend Mike Wolfe passed away suddenly in his adopted home of New York City. I first met Mike in Tennessee (when I gave him his first Marvin Gaye CD), then a second time in his home state of Georgia. In retrospect, after knowing him the better part of ten years, I can't believe I gave him his first copy of any musician's music, because I later learned that his tastes were extremely varied, and not just pertaining to music. He was also quite a cinephile, among other things.

There've been many times since last February 9 where I've missed him, but I especially regret not having the chance to say I-told-you-so when Ozzie Guillen's White Sox won the World Series. When Ozzie was hired in November 2003, Mike didn't endorse my view that it was a brilliant move. Time has proven that Ozzie is much smarter than his "zany" facade indicates, but Mike did get a couple of points right: The Sox badly needed to win a championship, and the Tigers are still far away from winning. 8^) Oh, and Alan "Tram" Trammell has long since been fired, and the Tigers are now paying the injured Maggs Ordonez six more years at about $13M per. Read the original posts here.

Just my way of saying we miss you Mike. I figured he'd appreciate something slightly snarky instead of maudlin . . .

An Oz is Born

The White Sox made a terrific choice this week in hiring Ozzie Guillen to be their manager, despite how ESPN's Rob Neyer compares him to Tigers manager Alan Trammel. It's been ages since someone with emotional ties to the Sox ran this club. And oh boy, is he emotional. Whereas their previous manager, the somnambulent Jerry Manuel, seemed to lull the whole club, Ozzie started tossing grenades in his first press conference. Frank Thomas, the all-time greatest and most disappointing Sox, bore the brunt, and columnists are already saying Guillen blundered by calling Thomas out for lack of hustle. Nah, that's just what this underachieving team needs. I didn't think the ownership was smart enough to hire Ozzie, until my wife stated that he'd be less expensive than their other options ( e.g., two-time Series winning somnambulist Cito Gaston), at which point I realized Ozzie would be the man. Sure enough, it turns out he didn't even negotiate a contract -- just signed what they put in front of him! You have to love a guy that eager to manage his old team. He was a helluva shortstop, and he could be just what the team needs. At minimum, they won't be boring, which is important because it's the Cubs' world around here.
Posted by Vernam at November 8, 2003 07:37 AM

To quoth some other emotional athelete - You can't be serious! He's a different direction than Manuel, yes, because he's a zany dude. He doesn't, however, even have as much experience as Tram. The Sox are a team that should be winning, they just can't put it together. I can't imagine that taking a gamble on a guy like Guillen with the talent that they've assembled. The Tigers can afford to make a PR move like they did with Trammell. They're many, many years away from a winning season. The Sox need to, nay, must win now.
Posted by: mrw at November 11, 2003 11:12 AM

Posted by: Vernam at February 9, 2006 07:12 PM

I was just writing a post about Mike... I can't believe it's been a year. I still miss him so much.

Posted by: Sportslady at February 10, 2006 01:01 AM

me too. I still have him on speed dial on my cell phone... #8.

Posted by: daniella at February 10, 2006 07:37 PM

Mike would have been the perfect guy to gloat to about my learning today that our country place is just down the road from Darryl Hooper's.


Mike wouldn't recognize the name either. But as soon as I told him he was the keyboardist for The Seeds, he'd know their one & only hit - "You're Pushing Too Hard."

Salute, dr. Wolfenstein.

Posted by: deano at February 10, 2006 08:46 PM

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