Detroit and the rest of the sports world are mourning the death of Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who passed away Friday at the age of 87.
The Detroit Free Press offered a fitting send-off to the beloved team owner.
Funeral services for Ilitch will be private, but a public memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, the Ilitch family prefers donations be made to Ilitch Charities, The Detroit Tigers Foundation or The Detroit Red Wings Foundation.
It probably helped that the team’s initial introduction to the crew coincided with a record-setting 13-game winning streak, Diamond said. Had the team started the season 0-13, the reception probably would’ve been different.
I think it set a tone for relationships, Diamond said of the streak. When teams win, the attitude is different.
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Garber offered a more matter-of-fact reason.
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The guys were with us so much of the time, he said. And it’s just like, OK, well this is the way things are gonna be. We’re gonna have them around.’
More than anything, though, the team’s cooperation was a credit to Diamond’s personality and professionalism, Torre and players said.
Glenn did his job perfectly because he never got in anybody’s way, Torre said. He was never demanding in any way and yet let you know what he needed.
Whatever razzing, nicknames or hijinks came his way, Diamond took it as a good sign.
It’s when they stop giving you s鈥?that you start to worry, he said. And they gave us s鈥?every day.