Although he now plays for the rival Pirates, David Freese gets applauded every time he come to the plate at Busch Stadium as Cardinals fans still honor their hometown hero, who grew up in metro St. Louis.
Freese blasted an 11th-inning walk-off home run to beat the Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series en route to MVP honors but the now 33-year-old admits he never should have been lauded by the Cardinals after everything he put them through.
Ilitch companies employ 23,000 full-time and part-time colleagues worldwide, according to the Detroit Free Press. The companies posted revenues of $3.4 billion in 2016. In 2016, Forbes magazine listed Ilitch and his wife, Marian as the No. 88 wealthiest people with a net worth of $5.4 billion. Marian, who owns the Motor City Casino, was married to Mike for 61 years.
In 1982, Ilitch bought the Red Wings for $8 million and turned the franchise into a success story all professional sports teams came to adorn. The Wings have made the playoffs 25 years in a row under Ilitch.
Ilitch bought the Tigers in 1992 from Dominos Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and eventually turned the team from losers into big-spending winners. He moved the Tigers into Comerica Park in 2000 and experienced his players win everything from the MVP to Cy Young Award. A World Series title, however, eluded him.
By Wins Above Average, the chasm between Stieb and Morris in the ‘80s is even wider: 28.1, best in the decade for Stieb; 9.0, 31st-best for Morris.
He was an awesome pitcher,” Stieb said. He was an animal, a bulldog-like [workhorse], and wanted to win like no one else. I totally respect him and his skills and what he did. But if you had to look at everything, I think I was the best.”