I thought of the Moses-Joshua relationship and the Torah's concept of inheritance and succession as I watched Prince Fielder hoist his Home Run Derby trophy high above his head. His sons flanked him on either side. His father was no where in sight.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be played tonight in Kansas City. Justin Verlander of Detroit and Matt Cain of the Giants are the starting pitchers. It would have been nice to see knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the Mets get the nod.
The power of teshuva can turn this hurtful incident into a one that teaches compassion and love.
The bottom line is that no one is asking professional athletes to raise our children. They are great athletes and not always shining examples of virtuous human beings. However, they need to know that children are watching.
Twenty years ago in Detroit, I told fellow Tiger Stadium Fan Club member Tom Derry that I felt sad that I had never seen a game at Comiskey Park, longtime home of the Chicago White Sox, before they tore it down.
The feet are the first thing that hit the ground and without balanced feet a player's mechanics can be affected.
In Detroit, there are three situations that occurred here recently that I believe speak loudly about our values. One of these events makes Detroit look good. The other two? Well, not so much.
In Detroit and in Michigan we have a lot of MVPs that we fail to celebrate. We are just to quick to celebrate those that break the law or push the envelope as to what is ethical, more or barely legal.
Now that Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has walked away with both the Cy Young and the MVP awards you can expect the usual carping that pitchers who don't work every day shouldn't be eligible for the MVP.
I don't think that I will ever be able to root for any other teams than my own hometown favorites. My heart will always remain in Detroit.
Now that Justin Verlander has won the Cy Young award, will he also win the American League MVP award? Roger Clemens was the last starting pitcher to pull that off 25 years ago.
Still lurking in the shadows are the tough economic times the city has endured, and dark days for one of the country's most famous business towns. Here, a roundup of what commentators are saying about the Motor City's rise from the ashes.
My absence gave the team strength. My lack of faith improved A.J.'s control. My despair brought A-Rod's bat back to life. My fore-ordained knowledge that the Yankees would lose paradoxically put them ahead.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona is out. Of course he's not to blame for their epic collapse. After a while you need change for change's sake to shake things up.
I have mixed feelings about the latest conference musical chairs, Syracuse and Pitt bolting the Big East for the ACC. Nothing lasts forever, but great memories are hard to erase.
Jhonny Peralta is arguably enjoying the finest season of his entire career. Offensively, Peralta ranks third among shortstops, and defensively, he's fourth.