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Spring turns to love...
As I write this, the temperatures have been approaching — and encroaching — the 60-degree mark. Gotta love this February weather! We know, however, it won’t last and we still have some bitter cold and snow ahead of us. March can be — and usually is — a brutal, heartbreaking month. We think Spring, yet we have to pay the price of living in Michigan before warm breezes and colorful blooms prevail.
But the wait does not prevent us from dreaming. This time of year, my thoughts turn to Detroit Tigers baseball. Already, the pitchers and catchers have reported to Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. By the time you read this, Spring Training will be in full swing. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing our Tigers playing ball in sunny weather with palm trees beckoning on the outfield berm.
Big changes in Lakeland this year. The spring home of the Detroit Tigers has undergone major renovation and expansion. Publix, the major grocer in Florida, is the corporate naming sponsor, though they did keep “Joker Marchant” in recognition of the former longtime head of parks and recreation for the City of Lakeland.
The ballpark now features a 360-degree walkway, new seating in right field, a Margaritaville bar and many more amenities. We remember when Joker Marchant Stadium was a sleepy, Minor League venue with bleachers and hot dogs served out of food trucks. Not so today. We’re talking the Majors! We hope to get down there the last week in March to see the improvements ourselves. Stay tuned!
Speaking of Tigers baseball, our good friend and fellow Grosse Pointer Tom Gage has written a new book on the Detroit Tigers. It’s called The Big 50: Detroit Tigers — The Men and Moments That Made the Detroit Tigers. Its 50 chapters begin with the first American League game in 1901. The book comes out April 1. I’ll have to put Tom’s book on my birthday list!
Tom has also provided in this issue of Pointe Magazine a preview of what to expect on Opening Day. The line-up will look familiar, he says, with Manager Brad Ausmus returning, as well as players Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, Victor Martinez, Jordan Zimmerman, Anibal Sanchez, J.D. Martinez and Ian Kinsler.
Besides baseball, Spring also brings thoughts of romance. That is why we call this edition our “Bridal Issue” of Pointe Magazine. You won’t want to miss the beautiful write-up and photos of Commodore Bob and Liz Rader’s daughter Lindsay’s wedding at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club!
Lastly, I asked readers to report any “random acts of kindness” they encounter. One Farms reader says that while she was ill recently, friends and neighbors dropped by with unsolicited food dishes. Interestingly, while the recipient is “retirement age” herself, she reports her well-wishers were “considerably older”! Only in Grosse Pointe!
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