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  1. You feel familiar, but I’m not sure I know your name.

    I don’t know why I’m telling you this story today. I need to know and maybe you’ll explain.

    It starts with a bracing of your body. Much like when walking in a crowded stadium and you see a guy not paying attention and walking towards you, with no time to get out of the way your body braces for the hit.

    Your mind is trying to protect you from something that has torn your life apart. The thought that is too terrible to understand, literally unbelievable. This thought is trying to get into your conscious mind from where you have tried to close the door on it and lock it out of your consciousness. The thought is there in your subconscious, all day long, trying the handle on the door, trying to get in to tell you she’s gone. Just as your mind has a need to protect you from this debilitating fact so you can keep denying the truth and make it through the day, the thought has a need to enter your consciousness and demands to be heard.

    I used to joke with my daughter and call her my own Bryce Harper. For some of you who read the Las Vegas thread, you may know that when my daughter graduated from college she came to work with me. Our main buying season was at the summer trade show in Vegas where we could meet with the factories from Italy and place our orders.  Alanna started working with me when she was 14. She would go into work with me on Saturdays every 2 or 3 weeks. She started out just cleaning up, then as she got older she took on more responsibility. While Alanna was in college she would come home for the summers and work with me part time, but because, as she would jokingly say, “Dad, there’s nothing but old men at your office who talk about sports all day!” she also worked part time at Chammps, then later at Brick’s in Northville, while she was home from school so she could mingle with some people her own age. She did that until she graduated from Central Michigan in December 2015.

    A whisper in the breeze, a rustle in the trees, nothing is as it appears.

    The sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, the moon rises in the sky, your children will always be there until you die first.  Our lives are built on certain foundations, certain pillars that require no thought because they are constants that we have built our world on. Your child dying before you is in defiance of these pillars of certainty. The sun not rising is impossible, your child dying before you is incomprehensible. It shakes your very mental stability. You begin to question what is real. You question your sanity.

    Yet, the thought persists in its attempt to enter, it must tell you that you will never see her again, it has a need to be recognized. The door shakes but your mind braces and keeps the door from opening. A few seconds later, with a bigger push the door rattles and cracks open. Your heart stops and you can’t breathe, but your mind pushes back with greater force and is able once again to protect your sanity and push that thought back out.

    The grapes were gathered, the wine is pressed. The glasses were filled…..

    It wasn’t guaranteed that when she finished Central she would continue working with me, she did have other job offers. I didn’t put pressure on her, of course I was hoping she would come to work with me, who wouldn’t want to spend the day working in the same office with your daughter?  But, I wanted her to make up her own mind. She thought about it for a little while and then said she wanted to come work with me full time. I was very, very happy.

    In 2014 I had started another facet to my present business that hadn’t really taken off. I told her if she came to work with me, she could take over that part of the business and we would try and salvage it and build it together.  At 22 years old Alanna took it and ran with it. I was amazed at how well she was doing, thus drawing my comparisons to Bryce Harper. She took a few months to get her bearings, but within 18 months she tripled sales in that part of the business. It was astonishing to see. Everybody liked her. She made time for everyone and always had a smile. She took a business that just 18 months prior the accountant was telling me to fold it up and forget about it and she turned it into a profit center that spilled over and actually increased our main business. She built a web site, built the business, made a catalog, brought in new customers, took care of the old ones. The factories in Italy didn’t even bother talking to me, they asked for her when they called or emailed her directly. Customers would stop in just to say hello to her and visit with her. I was so proud.  Thankfully, I told her often how proud I was of her.  She would joke with me that I couldn’t run this place without her. I think she was right. I don’t know if I can.

    I never imagined in my worst nightmare my comparison to Bryce Harper would one day change to Jose Fernadez. Alanna was only 23 years old.

    The storm, it can’t be stilled.

    A few seconds later the thought is getting stronger. It has to tell you that you will never speak with her again, you’ll never hold her hand again, your family will never be complete again.  It has to be heard, it’s building force, you know it’s coming. You can’t stop it this time, the thought crashes in, you’re helpless as the thought devastates you and pushes to the front of your conscious mind.  Your body goes weak, your head drops and you start to cry at the thought of living without your beautiful daughter. What little strength you still have is used to simply ask, “Why God, why?”

    In the hospital as we sat with her, holding her hand for three days I thought nothing could be worse. Nothing could ever exceed the pain we were feeling. The pain of watching your daughter receive Last Rights and hearing her pronounced dead can’t be described.  In order to keep your sanity, you keep repeating this can’t be real. This isn’t happening. Then the affront of the people from the Gift of Life coming in and asking to discuss if they could take my daughter because she was young, healthy and strong.

    I was aghast that this woman had the nerve to walk in the room minutes after our daughter was pronounced dead and ask the question. I angrily told her to leave the room immediately.

    My wife and son, who are both work in the medical field, had a more understanding view. After a few minutes, my wife explained the difficulty in arranging multiple lifesaving surgeries for people who are waiting for a second chance at life and the need to act fast.  I selfishly thought, “Where’s Alanna’s second chance? Why doesn’t she get a second chance?”  My son, who is now an only child, had the presence of mind to say to me, “Dad, you know how she is such a hopeless romantic. It’s what she would have wanted. She would have wanted to re-unite a family if she could. She would have wanted to give someone a second chance at life to love again.”

    I realized my wife and son were right and Alanna saved 4 lives as she lost hers. We will never know who those people are unless they search us out. I wish they could know how wonderful my daughter was.

    The pain I felt in the hospital that I thought could never be equaled is felt everyday as we walk through the house and are reminded of her, as we walk past her bedroom which is exactly the way she left it. When I open the door to my office and see her desk, as I explain to customers everyday why Alanna can’t help them, why she can’t come to the phone, where she is. There is no escape from the thought that makes you question reality and your sanity. 

    I can’t stop crying, crying someone else’s tears.

  2. 1 minute ago, ballmich said:

    But it provides limited opportunity for marketing contracts, and it has no connections to Hollywood or the modeling market which would be important for his fiance.  And at this stage of his career, you'd think that JV would be taking these into consideration, in addition to playing for a competitive team. 

    I think they can tough out living in separate city's for a few years. It's not like air fare would be a problem and they can't afford to have a house in LA and an apartment in Houston.

  3. 18 minutes ago, Sports_Freak said:

    Following the game, the Tigers announced that they have optioned outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Toledo and will recall right-hander Drew VerHagen. The team will go with a three-man bench, to help provide a fresh arm for a taxed bullpen.

    Near the bottom;


    This was a mistake by Al Avila. I hope he doesn't own any horses because I here Adduci Sr. is in town and he's not happy.

  4. 2 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

    Watched Wonder Woman last night and enjoyed it. There were a lot of CGI fails but overall a very enjoyable popcorn movie. First DC movie I've liked in a long time.

    And for the obvious, every time she was on screen, I was mesmerized at her beauty. Just an absolutely gorgeous woman.

    I hear she wakes up looking like that in the morning.

  5. On July 21, 2017 at 2:48 PM, Nastradamus said:

    Baby Driver was the most fun I've had at the movies in a long time. Immediately bought the soundtrack

    Agreed. We saw it Saturday night and we enjoyed it very much. When our other choice for a movie was the third reiteration of Spider-Man, it was fun to see something original. The soundtrack was awesome as was the cast. It was interesting how the music became another character of the cast. 

  6. Slow day at the office and I've been meaning to ask if anyone else has been watching Blood Drive on the SYFY network.

    I really am having a hard time trying to describe it. The show is similar in style to Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse from a few years ago. Hot chicks, lots of blood, bizarre characters....

    After the first episode I was like, "What the **** did I just watch? And how is this on regular cable?"

    I haven't missed an episode yet.

  7. 19 minutes ago, RandyMarsh said:

    I wonder if the Tigers would be better off just hanging onto Verlander this year and trading him in the offseason.  If he truly has "found his mechanics"(he has looked better the last couple starts) maybe he could put together a strong finish. 

    If he does, and say finishes with an ERA in the mid to upper 3s, 2/56 isn't all that bad, especially factoring in the history of Verlander and the amount of innings he gives you.

    Honestly, I would like to move him if we could some nice prospects, but I wouldn't be all that upset if we keep him for the next three years. His contract isn't really that out of line.

  8. You're not surprised that the commissioner of the FCC didn't see the commercial potential in satellite communication?

    That even Bill Gates didn't realize just how popular and powerful computers were going to get?

    That IBM didn't see the commercial potential in copy machines?

    That even the founder of Intel didn't forsee how small and powerful a chip could get so it could be carried around?


  9. Hmmm....it may have just gotten a even more difficult to move JV.



    The Texas Rangers have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring star pitcher Yu Darvish, gathering information on what sort of return they could receive if they decide to trade him before the July 31 deadline, major league sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.


  10. Interesting little piece on predictions with a payoff from the highest paid ***** in Economics at the end:


    Entrepreneurs Have Been Proving Experts Wrong Forever

    There’s a long-standing tradition among scientists, engineers, and industrialists. Every new year, they make predictions about a future.

    Is blockchain a major technology, or it’s just a buzzword?

    Bots vs Apps: who will win in 2017?

    Will this finally be the year that virtual reality stops giving people motion sickness?

    Well, technology has proven to be extraordinarily slippery over the past century. Despite the vast information that industry insiders have had at their fingertips, they’ve made some pretty terrible forecasts over the years.

    The predictions that history remembers most are those that demonstrate spectacular misjudgment, misunderstanding, overly optimistic hyperbole, self-delusion, or good old-fashion wishful thinking.

    Below, I’ve listed the very worst predictions, which show how even the titans of industry don’t always know what they’re talking about. Whether they were predictions about technological progress, adoption rates, or market potential, we can all agree that these predictions were dead wrong.

    1876: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.” — William Orton, President of Western Union.

    1876: “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” — Sir William Preece, chief engineer, British Post Office.

    1889: “Fooling around with alternating current (AC) is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” — Thomas Edison.

    1903: “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” President of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Company.

    1921: “The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to no one in particular?” — Associates of David Sarnoff responding to the latter’s call for investment in the radio.

    1926: “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.” — Lee DeForest, “Father of Radio” and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures. He had over 180 patents.

    1932: “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” — Albert Einstein.

    1936: “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” New York Times.

    1946: “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” — Darryl Zanuck, film producer, co-founder of 20th Century Fox.

    1949: “Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers of the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh one and a half tons.” Popular Mechanics.

    1957: “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” — Editor of Prentice Hall business books.

    1959: “The world potential market for copying machines is 5,000 at most.” IBM told the eventual founders of Xerox.

    1961: “There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television or radio service inside the United States.” T.A.M. Craven, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner.

    1977: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.” — Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp.

    1981: “No one will need more than 637KB of memory for a personal computer. 640KB ought to be enough for anybody.” — Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft.

    1981: “Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.” — Marty Cooper, inventor.

    1989: “We will never make a 32-bit operating system.” — Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft.

    1992: “The idea of a personal communicator in every pocket is a “pipe dream driven by greed.” — Andy Grove, then CEO of Intel.

    1995: “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” — Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, inventor of Ethernet.

    2003: “The subscription model of buying music is bankrupt. I think you could make available the Second Coming in a subscription model, and it might not be successful.” — Steve Jobs, in Rolling Stone

    2007: “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share.” — Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.

    1899: "Everything that can be invented has been invented." – attributed to Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents

    Lesson learned: don’t confuse trends with facts

    As Paul Krugman pointed out in his 1998 piece blissfully titled "Why most economists’ predictions are wrong,"

    "The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law”  —  which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants  —  becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s."

    It’s my favorite prediction because as result he contradicts himself.

    Predictions are a risky business. Even more so if they’re about the immediate future. Once shown to be wrong, the words return to their origin like a boomerang, and the quotes go on to forever haunt the speaker.


  11. 9068-82bFr.jpgMutt_Wilson.jpg

    , Heinie Manush (116, played for Tigers 1923-27, died 1971), Mutt Wilson (121, 3 games in 1920, died 1962),

    In the pantheon of great baseball names, or in this case not so great, I think I would rather be called Mutt my whole life, rather than Heinie.

  12. As long as he doesn't go into a protracted slump the remainder of the season, I think it is reasonable to gamble that he could sign a very similar deal with a contending team. I don't think it's arrogance. I do think it is a huge point of pride for these guys to have that world series ring and there's no question we are in for a lengthy rebuilding period.

    I'm Jup or JV, I'm looking to get out of here.

  13. 5 minutes ago, Casimir said:

    A Cleveland fan informs me that he heard of the MartinezJD to Cleveland rumors.  He wasn't sure what they'd do with MartinezJD once Chisenall returned from the DL.  Since Chisenhall is a better defender (agree), has a higher batting average (false and unimportant), and leads Cleveland in RBI (ahead of two others by 1, another by 2, and another by 6, and unimportant anyway).  MartinezJD probably isn't even a top 30 hitter in the league.

    just like yankee fan at work telling me Judge is better than Trout

  14. Re: Kinsler

    Taking in to account the Dodgers success so far this season and their likelihood of an extended post season run I wonder if Kinsler regrets his demand of an extension that nixed the trade and left him mired in this mess that is the 2017 season of the Tigers. 

  15. Interesting interview with JP Morosi on the ticket this morning. Of course he was talking about the trade. Basically he said, we can't really judge this trade in regard to if Avila should have waited it out or if he could have gotten more for JD unti lafter the deadline on August 1st. If when everything is said and done and there were additional trades made for lesser players that yielded more, then to criticize this trade might be fair, but as it stands now, unfortunately, when AA says the market just wasn't there for JD that was probably the case.

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