In today's Detroit Free Press, Rochelle Riley writes about a grass-roots campaign to add Ernie Harwell's name to Comerica Park. The effort was started online (via Facebook) by a Michigan firefighter.
The website makes it sound as if the campaign is to get Comerica Park's name changed to Ernie Harwell Field. But the man behind the movement, Kevin McNutt, says he'd actually prefer the Tigers to name the field after Harwell, making it Ernie Harwell Field at Comerica Park.
(The Detroit Pistons did something simliar last week, naming the basketball court at The Palace of Auburn Hills after their late owner, Bill Davidson.)
Showing his typical modesty, Harwell thinks this might be a bit too much. The Tigers told McNutt that the ballpark's media center is already named after the legendary broadcaster.
But is there anybody who would actually be against such an idea? It would be a wonderful tribute to Harwell. (Though I suppose you could argue that Harwell is already memorialized at Comerica Park, with his photo atop the main entrance and a statue just inside the gate.)
If you'd like to join the cause, here's the link.
So that's the topic for this week's poll question:
Should the Tigers name their field after Ernie Harwell?
You can find the poll on the right sidebar below the FanPosts block. Or you can vote here. Please add your thoughts in the comments. And if you have suggestions for future poll questions, shoot me an e-mail.
How did our last poll go?
The people love a good nickname. But maybe "Kid Rick" for Rick Porcello has a short shelf life.
When should the "Kid Rick" nickname for Rick Porcello be retired?
32% It's done - He's no longer a rookie
22% When he's old enough to drink
8% When he's old enough to rent a car
37% Never! It's just too catchy!
Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll.