Detroit Tigers’ Joe Nathan hoping relationship with fans ‘gets better and better’ – John Lowe, Detroit Free Press
“Hopefully,” Nathan said of the Tigers fans, “our relationship gets better and better as we move toward our goal.”
Just get outs, saves, and 1-2-3 innings, Joe and we will all get along just fine.
He received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd when he led off the first. He termed the moment “awesome” and “special.” Some folks in the Tigers dugout were applauding. Jackson waved his helmet to the sellout throng of 42,385.
“I really didn’t know what to do,” he said. “Hearing the fans before the game and during the game was pretty cool.”
Austin Jackson was a great guy and while he was horribly inconsistent at times, he was with this team through their run of success over the last three years. He’ll be missed and he is abundantly aware of that after his reception, call it the anti-Joe Nathan treatment, if you will.
[Joe] Siddall was recruited to broadcasting by radio play-by-play man Jerry Howarth and his TV counterpart, Buck Martinez. In one of those coincidences of fate, the job offer came one week after Siddall’s 14-year-old son, Kevin, died of blood cancer last winter. Before the season, Siddall told Bob Duff of the Windsor Star: “Maybe Kevin is sending me a message here to go chase another dream. We are trying to make this a positive in our lives.”
As a father of two, I can only imagine the heartache and pain that Joe Siddall has experienced. It is great to see him land on his feet and start over with a new career as a radio voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. Best of luck to Joe!