In the immortal words of Mick Jagger, please allow me to introduce myself. I am Joe, the new writer for the Guru. He and I go WAY back, and have both been longtime fans of Michigan sports, though we are on opposite sides of the Little Brown Jug.
My love for the Tigers goes back to 84. I was just a young lad then, living in a small town 90 minutes north of Philly, 90 minutes west of the Big Apple. My late grandfather, Dean Barnefiher, was born in Harbor Springs, and was so excited about the World Series, he told my mother under NO circumstances was my bedtime to be “normal” during it, and I was to watch the games with him. He taught me the game, told me about past Tiger greats, bought me my first glove, my first pack of baseball cards, and my first Tigers hat.
After the Tigers came the Pistons, the Bad Boy era. Then the Lions with Barry and the Red Wings. By now I was in middle school, in Petoskey. I had to choose a school. I chose MSU.
My favorite sport, by far, is baseball, but I love them all, and in the coming weeks will write about the Tigers heading into the break, a comparison of Justin Verlander to Nolan Ryan (laugh now, just wait), and the Lions and the June draft, one of my grandfather’s favorite times of the year (he played middle linebacker in high school). My writing is in his honor. Miss ya Boompa!
Now, on with the show!