Our Man Pio at Ernie's Memorial

Chuck went to the memorial, met Dumbrowski, and was noted and quoted in the Freep!

Chuck Piotrowski, 58, of Brownstown Township walked up to Dombrowski wearing his favorite Tigers cap, the one signed by Harwell.

"We are going to win the pennant for Ernie," Piotrowski said.

"That's a good idea," Dombrowski said, smiling



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  2. Geez, you'd think I'd have this posting thing down by now! Anyway... Way to go Chuck! I hope you're right about winning the pennant for Ernie.

  3. It was a thrill and honor to be able to go to Ernie's last trip to Comerica Park. The line moved quickly as I only had to wait about an hour. The Tigers were providing free water for folks. His body laid in state right next to the statue of him holding the microphone. There was a display of some memorabilia, large sympathy cards from Channel 7 and Blue Cross, and then there was Ernie - silenced by cancer - wearing that Greek fisherman's hat as he has worn so often. Once I stepped away from the casket - Dave Dombrowski was standing there greeting everyone, as he did for hours. The conversation I had with Dave was witnessed by the writer from the Freep and so he got my name, etc. I would also note that when Dombrowski needed a break he was replaced by MIke Illitch himself - what a classy move. I was thirlled to be there with my son and share those so many memories.
    There was a huge card for fans to sign and I signed, "You will never be Long Gone"
    I have tickets for Monday's game. Paul Carey is throwing out the first pitch and Jose Feliciano is singing the National Anthem - I am getting the chills already.