September 26, 2022
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Lou Whitaker ‘proud’ of Detroit Tigers career on eve of number-mounting ceremony

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Former Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker talks to the media.

Detroit — The question was posed to Lou Whitaker Friday night:

Does this honor the Tigers are bestowing on you Saturday, immortalizing you by putting your number on the bricks at Comerica Park right next to your old double-play partner Alan Trammell, help mitigate any lingering disappointment from not being enshrined at Cooperstown?

“I’ve never been disappointed at all, yet,” he said, smiling. “Things happen. Sometimes just be patient. I haven’t been mad. I may have thought about it a time or two. But I’ve never thought about it like, ‘I belong there. I belong there.’

“I’ve never said that to myself.”

The thing is, at this stage of his life, 65 years old, 27 years removed from the game, getting this long-awaited acknowledgment from the Tigers, the only organization he’s ever played for — having a day in his honor, Sweet Lou-lapalooza, and getting his number up on the bricks — that’s about as much as he can take for right now.



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