Aparently Ernie Harwell is a "good guy".
No, seriously...my Grandfather told me that once and he didn't come to that conclusion via Facebook, Twitter or even by watching old Tigers broadcasts.
He went fishing with the man.
Probably 15 years ago, my Grandfather had a chance to go fishing with Harwell through a friend of his from church...former Major Leaguer Andy McGaffigan. Shortly after I got a letter in the mail.
It simply said: "Went fishing with Ernie Harwell. Good guy. Grandpa"
I immediately called him and grilled him about his meeting with the Hall of Fame broadcaster. I asked him up and down about what they talked about...hoping that the stories I would have wanted to hear were shared to my Grandfather that day in McGaffigan's boat.
I was told they talked fishing and church...that was it.
It does make sense though considering that the last thing I want to talk about when I am out spending a relaxing weekend with friends is work. But still...you have to wonder about the stories that could have been told.
Check out the story on Harwell's current battle over at MLB.com. But better yet, do yourself a favor and read J. Ellet Lambie's account of when he met the legend and know that regardless of how this latest chapter plays out...Ernie's a good guy.
My Grandfather said so.