31. July 2013 · Comments Off on Fab Five First Pitch – September 20th · Categories: 2013 · Tags: , , ,

The Detroit Tigers are teaming up with U-M’s Pat Maloy Cancer Scholarship this September.  The promo is called ‘Wolverines in the D’ for the Tiger’s game on Friday Sept 20 against the jalen Twins.   $25 gets you an upper deck seat and a “Wolverines in the D” t-shirt.   The Tigers will then donate $5 of each ticket package sold back to the Maloy Scholarship.

All the details and online ordering info is on the Tigers site here.  

Notable: The U-M Men’s Glee club will perform the National Anthem.
Very notable: Fab Fivers Jimmy King and Jalen Rose are throwing out the first pitches.  I need someone to be there with photos and scouting report.

Again, details here. 

The Pat Maloy Scholarship was created by former students of University of Michigan professor Bernard “Pat” Maloy who passed away in 2001 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. The scholarship is a four year scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman with financial need who has battled cancer or whose direct family members have been stricken with cancer.

H/T to Neil C. for passing this along


photo via Macaroni Tony


photo Paul Sancya (AP) via ESPN

So from the recent comments of Mary Sue Coleman and Dave Brandon, rest assured that the ‘92 and ‘93 banners will remain on the shelf at the BHL evermore. But DB opened the door to honoring the controversial quintet in some other way:

Are there (different) banners we could put up, though? Yeah, there are," he says. "I’d love to celebrate the Fab Five. Are there conditions on which that has to happen? For sure. But we’ve been very open and vocal about that, and there’s just nothing new on this subject.

Brandon’s conditions are tied to Chris Webber admitting to taking money from Ed Martin and apologizing in some form.   Don’t hold your breath.

Based on the calls to WTKA I’m guessing most of you would just like to see nothing happen and move on.   I get that.  I’m ok with leaving the banners at the BHL but I would like to see these guys honored in some form or another.  (I openly admit my huge bias—I was at U-M during the heyday of the Fab Five).

A suggestion—when the time is right, why not retire #5 as a ceremonial nod to the group and a not-so-subtle tribute to Jalen (who wore #5 and was the leader of the crew) for all he’s done in the community?   You could drop each guy’s name on the back and send it up to the rafters:fab five jersey

It would of course be splendid if the announcement were tied to some donation or foundation created by Webber (a la Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson) to benefit U-M.   And while were on the topic of smiles and rainbows, it’d be even splendider if we all got a free pizza out of the deal.

All this said, I don’t blame anyone for being entirely sick of all the jersey honoring/retiring/#1-ing/Legending talk.   Those who read this site know I write about this kind of thing now and again and even I’m growing weary. 

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