On the eve of the World Series, a historical look at how my grandfather has enjoyed his Detroit Tigers

October 19, 2006

When my grandfather, now 91, grew up, he listened to his favorite baseball team on the radio. That radio was in the kitchen of a very small farmhouse in a place called Middleville, MI. His team was the Detroit Tigers. Today, all these years later, his team is still the Detroit Tigers.

With championships from ’35, ’45, ’68 and ’84 in our fond but distant memories, we are yet again in the World Series and perhaps on the verge of becoming World Series Champions. You see, if you didn’t know it already, I am a Tiger fan, too. I have been one for as long as I can remember. My grandpa gave me that gift.

While I don’t know the exact year it happened, my grandfather eventually moved to watching the Tigers on television. He probably left the radio on too, as he always liked radio announcer Ernie Harwell the best. Even though he was a successful business man for Firestone, I’d suspect his family wasn’t the first on the block to get a TV. Nevertheless, for a period of time, many, many years in fact, grandpa watched Tiger games in black and white.

Sometime in the 60’s, I’d suspect, my grandparents purchased a console television and put it into their rarely used living room. While they didn’t think of it that way, it was their first convergence device…radio, turntable and a black-and-white television. Groovy…

Probably in the 70’s, their original device (console TV) was replaced with exactly the same model, except this time it had a color TV in it. Cool… Like most people in the late 70’s and early 80’s, Grandpa eventually got cable and purchased a small set for the bedroom. Awesome…   

Like 30 million other folks in the late 90’s, Grandpa got satellite. Now with a dish no bigger than a pizza and an atennna, Grandpa had it all, his local television channels and hundreds of others. Sports channels to no end. Dude…

Last year, 2005, Grandpa got a laptop. I gave it to him. Whether or not he ever moves to HD I don’t know. If I have anything to do with it, he will. Nonetheless, it is important to note that over the years the content followed my grandfather. The content is today following you. I am sure there are days where Grandpa would just as soon close his eyes and listen to the Tigers on the radio. He can do still that. He can even do it using the Internet. In the end, like he has followed the Tigers, the Tigers will follow him. So Grandpa, if you are reading this (or your helper is reading it to you), enjoy our Tigers. Enjoy this time. We’re back…