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Bobb Vergiels announces his final game at Comerica Park

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Not sure or not if this was mentioned in here.  Anyway, I just listened to an interview with him, and he mentioned he stays very active in Florida.  He coaches women's softball down there in his retirement community.  Its a 55 and over team.  The average age of his team is around 70.  His starting second basewoman is 86 years old.  Seriously, how fantastic is that to play softball at 86?

https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Bobb-Vergiels-announces-his-final-game-at-Comerica-Park-494095161.html

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DETROIT (WTVG) - It is a distinct voice booming over the speakers at sports venues you likely frequent around Toledo and Southeast Michigan.

"Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and welcome all to Comerica Park," Bob Vergiels says into his microphone at Comerica Park about 50 minutes prior to this game's first pitch. "I'm Bob Vergiels and I'm proud to serve as your public address announcer throughout this the 2018 baseball season and the last 15 seasons of Detroit Tigers baseball."

Except, this is the final game for Vergiels at Comerica Park. He unplugged his microphone at the public address announcers perch here at the ballpark. Vergiels is from Monroe County, but spent the last couple of seasons driving to work from Florida.

Yes. Florida.

He moved to the Sunshine State to help take care of his mom. Vergiels traveled back and forth from Florida for each homestand at Comerica Park and would stay at his cousin's apartment in Ida, Mich.

A recent trip back to Florida made him reconsider this commute when a semi truck driver nearly ran Vergiels off the road because the driver of the truck fell asleep at the wheel.

"I was pretty lucky," Vergiels said before his final game at Comerica Park. "That's the first near miss I had in all those miles. I've driven through Atlanta, and Knoxville and Cincinnati and some really rough times."

The final day at Comerica Park is mostly routine for Vergiels.

"...Headlined by Hall of Famer Alan Trammel. Call 313..."

But Vergiels finds himself on the field before the game to throw out the game's first pitch. So when the public address announcer throws out the first pitch, who introduces the public address announcer?

Easy. The in-game host Heather Park.

"Please welcome to the field, the PA voice of Comerica Park, Bob Vergiels," Park proclaims over the stadium sound system.

Vergiels steps on to the field wearing a Tigers jersey he had made for his late father. The elder Vergiels wanted to be burried in the jersey, but his wife - Bobb's mother - said no. Vergiels wore it for big events at Comerica Park such as the World Series, the All-Star Game or even throwing out the first pitch.

"I've always been a Tiger fan, my family has always been a Tiger fan, my dad saw the Tigers play in 1927," Vergiels said. "It just seemed to me that the talent I have lies here. The Tigers gave me a chance."

 

 

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I read that last week in the Detroit News.  I will miss him.  A few times he wasn't at the game and it was the guy who does Red Wings games and I noticed the difference.  His voice was as part of the experience as anything else.  Another voice I relate to summer.  

I wish I could hear the guy who did the games in the 80s and early 90s.  Before Jimmy Barrett.

 

 

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He used to do old Toledo Storm games in the 90s, so I remember him from back then as well.

During the interview he mentioned thinking about retiring before this season.  He reconsidered in part because of the team's circumstances.  With the expected turnover, he thought it'd be fun to be some bit of familiarity for fans at the park, essentially like you said as being the voice of summer.

He will be sticking with the organization as the PA voice for spring training and for the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

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These are the words that come to mind when I think of his voice:

Justin Morneau

Cuppy Coffee, Biggy Bagel, Dashing Donut  (and please no wagering)

Game time temperature.... eighty three degreeeees.  (he always got excited over the temperature)

 

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He has been doing Michigan basketball games, too. So I keep hearing him say trey Burke and nik stauskas

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He does the Corktown race in Detroit and will announce finishers as they cross, as best he can.  It was cool hearing him say mine as I crossed in 23.... er 33 minutes.

 

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And the Tigers didn't even bother to give him cowboy boots, a saddle, or a recliner?  For shame, Tigers.  For shame. 

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41 minutes ago, Oblong said:

These are the words that come to mind when I think of his voice:

Justin Morneau

Cuppy Coffee, Biggy Bagel, Dashing Donut  (and please no wagering)

Game time temperature.... eighty three degreeeees.  (he always got excited over the temperature)

 

Yeah he would get particularly excited for the temperature early in the year.  I remember going to Opening Day a few years back and it was like 65 and sunny,  when he announced the temperature you would have thought the Tigers won the World Series by the reaction the crowd gave. 

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