Fans Share Their Al Kaline Tributes On Social Media
Al Kaline was a fan favorite during his 67 year career as a Tiger player and broadcaster, so his death brought out the love from his fans online.
Let's start with some well known fans of the man they called, 'Mr. Tiger'.
Former Tiger pitcher Justin Verlander developed a close relationship with Kaline, and he shared his memories with Brad Galli of WXYZ in Detroit.
Actor Jeff Daniels is a HUGE Tiger and Kaline fan, and he told the Detroit Free Press:
Al Kaline was the only player I ever saw who could make the ball come to him.
With the runner rounding second, he'd sprint into the right field corner and in one graceful motion the ball would find his glove, and when he turned his back all you could see was the 6, and when he threw the ball it would leave his hand like an air rocket, dead straight, screaming over the infield all the way in to the third base bag. Don Wert never had to move his glove. The runner, of course, would be out by a mile.
That's how you remember childhood heroes.
Al Kaline was mine.
I still have the small wooden bat from 1964 Tiger Bat Day with his name on it.
I always will.
Here's some more examples of the love shown by players and fans after news of his death on Monday night:
Fans Pay Tribute to Al Kaline