In case you've forgotten, today is Christmas Day, and if you want to feel all fuzzy about good deeds and peace on earth, just read the Detroit Free Press. No, for real. Ernie Harwell will make your day.
You see, the longtime Tigers announcer was diagnosed with cancer in September, and doctors gave him just a few months to live. We all know the effect the local sportscaster can have on a community, a reminder we've received, unfortunately, too often this year. In Detroit, though, the locals honored Harwell before they couldn't. They sent him cards and letters and personal notes — about 10,000 of 'em. And in turn, Harwell expressed his gratitude in the most public forum he knew in the baseball offseason: in a column on the front page of the local newspaper.