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04-17-2007, 08:16 AM #121
04-17-2007, 08:17 AM #122
from the site
April 17th, 2007
My good friend and fellow contributor to this blog, Brian Bluhm, was among the 32 students killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday. I knew Brian exclusively through the Internet — I never met him in person or spoke to him on the phone. Still, I considered him an important person in my life and I am deeply saddened by his death.
It feels solipsistic to indulge my own feelings when so many people who knew him in “real life” are more devestated than I can imagine. But this great tragedy serves to remind me how people who otherwise wouldn’t know each other are able to forge meaningful bonds through the most unlikely of ways — like a shared passion for baseball or Uncle Tupelo.
Brian was an incredible person; I knew that much without the benefit of shaking his hand. He was kind and honorable and intelligent. He will be missed.
04-17-2007, 08:24 AM #123
Holy crap i cant believe what i am reading... i thought the odds were he was ok
RIP EI have No agenda in the Morning
04-17-2007, 08:26 AM #124
Don't post much anymore, but still read the site religiously and Estrepe was always one of my favorite posters. I don't even know what to say, I'm just sitting here the past 20 minutes stunned. RIP Estrepe.
04-17-2007, 08:31 AM #125
Dear God, this is terrible news. I don't know what to say other than Rest In Peace, Brian.I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?
04-17-2007, 08:44 AM #126
When I logged on this morning, the first place I was going to go was the B & G to see what his status was, but before I got there I saw "Brian Bluh..." in the showing thread in the Tigers History section.
All I can say is Oh my God!
Brian brought so much to this forum for me. His insights and opinions were always insightful - especially in the HOF and minor league discussions.
Nice gesture by Dave T to rename the HOF in Brian's honor.
He will be sincerely missed by me.
RIP, Brian2014 AAT: Drew VerHagen
04-17-2007, 08:50 AM #127
It still feels unreal. Of the 30 poor souls in the Norris Hall, what were the chances one of them was Brian? This is just...I'm at a loss for words here. Stunned."Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities" -David Byrne
04-17-2007, 08:55 AM #128
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04-17-2007, 08:58 AM #129
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Totally surreal - I can't bring myself to believe that it's true right now. I hope that someone got names crossed up.
04-17-2007, 09:02 AM #130MotownSports Fan
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I haven't posted here since 2004 but saw someone at Inferno's website mention this. It hit me hard, even though this is a name I've NEVER seen, a person I've NEVER spoken to, and haven't ever heard his name until this moment.
It hit me because the board I admin lost a valued member (was voted 2006 Poster of the Year the week of his death) to a car accident - and he was only sixteen.
Just know that there are many who feel your pain, and the feelings that you have - even for someone that you don't know in real life, are real, and they aren't just 'stupid internet' things. This is the thread where we found out that Scott had died. I'll be providing a link to this thread on my board as well, so I hope you guys don't take this as a spam at all. I just know how you are feeling, and thought it might help.
Rest in Peace, Brian. From what I've read already, you're a special person.
Last edited by WayDowntownBang; 04-17-2007 at 09:06 AM.RIP Brian and Scott - Only The Good Die Young.
04-17-2007, 09:03 AM #131
It was hard to sleep last night. I tossed and turned all night and slept for only a few hours. I know it may sound silly to some, but I felt like I actually knew Brian, even though it is only through a message board. But that tells you about the community that has been built here.1.21 gigawatts?!.......
04-17-2007, 09:07 AM #132MotownSports Fan
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You guys seem to have a real tight community like us, and that makes this more difficult for everyone.RIP Brian and Scott - Only The Good Die Young.
04-17-2007, 09:07 AM #133MotownSports Fan
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What a nice person. Totally sane.
I was shocked when I heard the news about VT, but I wasn't really worried about estrepe - there must be thousands of students there, right? I thought about him, wondering how he was dealing with it all. And now to log on this morning and find out that the unthinkable is actually true, it is so unbelievable. Such a senseless waste.
Friendships in the 21st century are certainly different. Like so many others here I never met or spoke to Brian and probably never would have in my lifetime. But I couldn't possibly feel any worse right now if one of my "real world" friends had died.
04-17-2007, 09:12 AM #134
04-17-2007, 09:17 AM #135
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I am truly saddened.
We will miss you Brian. Forever.
I will be getting in contact with Dan Dickerson through my sister later today. Hopefully, he and the TV guys can get a message out during tonights game.Every time you play a hand of you poker you wanna run through a mental check list. Head Position Hand Position Neck Position Breathing Posture. More than 25 items. It's a lot. And that why I've come up with a handy mnemonic device. Just one word: HPHPNPBPECMSPAMDCPAFTSTTL. It's easy.
04-17-2007, 09:21 AM #136
04-17-2007, 09:22 AM #137
none of your feelings is silly in this. Even if we never meet in person...some of the best discussions we will ever have happen right here. In a way, we knew Brian better than many of our "real" friends. This is a real community.
Brian was a prime example of why this place continues to draw us in, and keep us here.
04-17-2007, 09:23 AM #138
That post makes me smile, and teary but I'm in the middle of class. I've been trying hard to hold feelings back.
I remember telling him last year as a joke that the Hobbes avatar was much better then the VT one. Well, wear your VT up there with pride, Brian."Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities" -David Byrne
04-17-2007, 09:24 AM #139
Tragic news. Brian and I corresponded a few times off-line, and he always came across as a really, really nice and intelligent guy. Although we occassionally butted heads on-line, he was a poster whom I always had the utmost respect for.
If nothing else, I take solace knowing he was able to watch, and enjoy, the magical 2006 campaign.
This place will never be the same without him. Rest in peace, Brian.
Last edited by Ron Burgandy; 04-17-2007 at 09:42 AM.It's so damned hot out...milk was a bad choice.
04-17-2007, 09:35 AM #140
Horrible news. Was worrying about it all night hoping when I got home this morning that he had checked in and everything was well. Instead come here before anything else and see the RIP and know instantly what happened. Great poster, great person, great friend.
2007 is Brian's year.VT B.R.B. "We only part to meet again"
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04-17-2007, 09:37 AM #141
We've lost 3 posters in 3 years. Peter Gdanic was lost in 2005. He wasn't as known as Estrepe or Billy Ringo, but it was still a loss."Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities" -David Byrne
04-17-2007, 09:38 AM #142
Wow, what are the chances that out of 26,000 people that I hear are enrolled at VT that he is one of the 32. Life makes zero sense sometimes. Is there a way we can retire his avitar or something? Kind of like how numbers are retired?
04-17-2007, 09:39 AM #143
04-17-2007, 09:42 AM #144
The last time I spoke directly to E was over private messaging the day before the shooting. I didn't think it would be the last time I'd speak to him...
04-17-2007, 09:54 AM #145
I really don't know what to say. I'm still new here. I hardly knew him. I just talked a little with him about minor league baseball. He really knew his stuff.
Even though I hardly knew him, my heart still hurts deeply.
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04-17-2007, 09:55 AM #146
As a daily reader and "sometime poster", this has stunned me. I always enjoyed his posts and point of view. This is awful.
God Bless his friends & family. RIP.Only a game? No For some of us it is much more than only the game. You don't have to be on the field or a professional to have the game interact with your life....~Hueytaxi 2011 - ATT Rick Porcello
04-17-2007, 10:00 AM #147
I hope his parents and his sister will get to see this thread. They should know how beloved Brian was on this board.Dan Calabrese
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04-17-2007, 10:02 AM #148
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This is a fun story. Back in 2005 when things were bleak for the Tigers, Brian was in AskBA, a Q&A session on Baseball America. I pm'd him, told him his cover was blown, but as always, his secret was safe with me...
As a Tigers fan, I have been waiting for the team to develop some good talent for a long time. Is there reason for hope from new scouting director David Chadd's first draft for Detroit? I know that first-rounder Cameron Maybin was BA's No. 3-rated prospect. How good can he become? Was this a good draft class overall? I'm concerned about the college-heavy nature of this draft, since I feel like the Tigers system needs more high-ceiling prospects.
There's always reason for hope this close to draft day, because each team gets the guys at the top of its draft board when its picks roll around, and none of the players has had a chance to fail yet. OK, I've gotten my standard instant-draft-analysis caveat out of the way.
Maybin is a potential steal with the 10th overall pick in the draft. He'll need some time to develop, but he's a five-tool outfielder who compares very favorably to No. 1 choice Justin Upton. There was no red flag that caused Maybin to fall a little further than expected. He just didn't find a fit with the first nine clubs, most of whom were looking for someone who could reach the majors more quickly.
After Chadd left the Red Sox, who had an extreme college emphasis in 2003-04, I thought he might relish the opportunity to take more high school players. The Tigers didn't take a high schooler until tough sign David Adams in the 21st round and chose just 12 overall. But ultimately the value of the draft will be determined by the success of the players, and the demographics won't really matter. Detroit's draft has potential.
Detroit gave up its second-rounder to sign free agent Troy Percival. In the third round, the Tigers got a solid all-around catcher in Illinois' Chris Robinson. Their next three picks are all guys who have very high ceilings for their rounds.
Texas A&M righthander Kevin Whelan (fourth round) is a converted catcher who's just learning to harness a mid-90s fastball and two dastardly versions of a splitter. Arizona State first baseman Jeff Larish (fifth) once was projected as the best hitter in the 2004 draft class, and while he has slipped there's still some hitting talent in there. Outfielder Clete Thomas (sixth) never played up to his tools at Auburn, but he has considerable tools.Where's Zimm?
04-17-2007, 10:07 AM #149MotownSports Fan
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I took this from the Ringo thread...
it seems to fit...
I have been kicking my own...
azz since the Monday following the game in Grand Rapids and seeing the pictures of all you smiling Moron's, that I did not make time to go and meet Billy. Up until yesterday on our way home from a wedding in Gaylord, my wife did not understand why I was being so hard on myself. My good friend, met him here, BaseballBruce30 called to inform me of the loss of our friend Billy. As I hung up and informed her of Billy's demise, it became painfully clear as to why I had been so upset that I did not go.
As I have tried to abide by since I lost my best friend in 2002, "Do it today, for tomorrow is promised to no man". Once again I missed a golden opportunity that I shall not be afforded again.
RIP Billy Ringo, a man who once typed in reference to our 2006 Opening Day activities," I too fear the Grim Reaper", somehow I seriously doubt he would have feared my namesake or myself.
RIP Brian, take care of him Billy.Cogito Ergo Zoom...Grief is not like fear. fear tastes like rust and you can spit it out. grief has no taste, and you cannot get familiar with it.
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04-17-2007, 10:18 AM #150
It is hard to believe the ONE guy I know from VaTech was involved with this stupid incident. As we can all tell Brian was VERY popular. From the Tigers board to the other sports board and even a frequented the political board. He will be missed and I still cannot believe he was in that classroom!
Let me know if you guys plan anything. I would love to be a part of it if I can.
I'm thinking of going to the Tigers game on Saturday April 28th against the Twins. That might give everyone enough time to come together. Also let me know if you start a charity in his honor!
04-17-2007, 10:21 AM #151MotownSports Fan
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04-17-2007, 10:21 AM #152
As many have already said, I am absolutely stunned. Estrepe is one of the guys whose opinion I always valued. What a shame that such a thoughtful and intelligent young man is know longer with us because of utter nonsense. Most of the time I agreed with him, but when we didn't agree it was always thoughtful conversation. He was a huge asset to the site and I just can't believe it. It just goes to show that we should all live life to the fullest every day. RIP Brian.Mike
"Choice without consequences is no choice at all."
04-17-2007, 10:23 AM #153
Sleep sure did not come easy to me last night. I'm still just in utter shock about this.2015 AAT: Miguel Cabrera
04-17-2007, 10:23 AM #154
RIP Brian, you will be GREATLY missed.
Puts things into perspective very quickly.
04-17-2007, 10:24 AM #155
I stayed late at work last night hoping to hear something positive. Like others have said, I figured that with 30+ out of 25K+ there was no way E would have been one...
As others have said, I never met the guy, but I am shaken beyond belief. I was helping with info because he wanted to buy a new HDTV. He was thinking of moving to B-More and suggested we meet up for the Tigers v Nationals this year (I know he suggested the same to Burgandy). We disagreed on certian things, but when we did, he was most often right. He ALWAYS had the knowledge I was looking for on a certain player.
Before I keep rattling on, I will just say that even though I never met, I really considered him a friend.
If anyone knows anything about funeral arrangments (where it is at, what we can do) please let me know. I want to do something for him.
Also, if anyone here is going to the Tigers vs Nationals, please let me know. I don't want to pass up meeting more friends before the chnace it too late.
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04-17-2007, 10:26 AM #156
To say this is horrible it's an understatement, but I don't know what else to say2009 Piston: Rip Hamilton - Guard
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04-17-2007, 10:27 AM #157
I only got about 2 hours and I must admit I feel guilty. If I got word yesterday that Brian was ok, I'd have slept like a baby and not given this tragedy much more thought yet the same amount of people would have been affected. How many hundreds of families are shattered by this? Let's remember to keep them all in our prayers. Our loss is small compared to theirs. If Brian's loss brought out all of this from us only because of a shared love for a baseball team and internet postings, then I can only imagine what those people who really knew him and loved him must be going through..
04-17-2007, 10:29 AM #158
I'm amazed at internet friendship. I'll miss Brian (even though I didn't know his first name until today!). I'm praying for his family and all the others...
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04-17-2007, 10:36 AM #160
I read much more than I post, but I will tell you that three or four posters here have my respect to a point where I completely reconsider my stance if they are on the other side. Brian was one of them.
I am guilty of grazing forums occasionally. In this one I have read every post. I generally dislike VT, but I think today I am going to pick myself up a hat...
I never met you. Based on how you represented yourself here, I know I never actually needed to meet you to realize you were one classy individual.
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