Here in Detroit we have a saying for our ball club; “Who’s Your Tiger?” For seven years, that was Magglio Ordonez for me. Let me tell you a little about the man that wore #30.
When Magglio came over from Chicago, fans were unsure about the recent foe now playing for the good guys. Maggs quickly won over hearts in the Motor City with his hustle, offensive production, and loveable character.
He will always be remembered for launching a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS , propelling the franchise to its first World Series appearance since 1984, and sending this city into a frenzy. In 2007 Magglio also won the first batting title for a Tiger since Norm Cash in ’61.
His iconic look, long, flowing, curly locks of hair bouncing around as he shagged fly balls and trotted around the base paths were abruptly gone one day. His offensive production was declining so fans assumed it was a change of pace to get back on track. What we didn’t know was Maggs’ wife had cancer and he cut it off for her, so she wasn’t alone when the chemotherapy took effect. That is the kind of man Magglio is.
Thank you for all you did for the City of Detroit Maggs!
– Angelo (GODF_TH_R)