Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Captain Retires

On Monday, Steve Yzerman, The Captain, announced his retirement. It was an announcement that most of Detroit had been waiting for, not anxiously, but simply expecting. Although Stevie played his heart out this season, when he played, everybody knew it was over. It is the end of an era, not just here in Detroit, but in major sports everywhere. Mitch Albom did a nice job explaining what Stevie means, to this city. I don’t think anybody here really ever wanted to see the day that the Red Wings put the “C” on somebody else, but it is time. Come next season it’ll be weird not seeing him on the ice, not hearing Bud Lynch calling his name as a starter, not experiencing the standing “O” that was de riguer when he was announced. People in this town love him for all he did for this town, how he put his heart and soul into our hockey team and embraced the city as his home.

Thank you, Stevie Y, for all you gave the “D.”


At Friday, 07 July, 2006, Blogger Scott said...

I felt the same way when Emmett Smith retired, but his was long overdue. Runningbacks just lose the edge over time, and it's sad to see. Like watching a boxer get pummelled by the younger, hungrier fighters.

At Friday, 07 July, 2006, Anonymous dreadmouse said...

It truly is the end of an era. Stevie-Y is a complete gentleman and excellent two-way player. He was right up there with Gretzky in the "class" department, too.

I'll be very surprised if the Detroit front office doesn't snap him up. Any rumours to that effect?

At Friday, 07 July, 2006, Blogger mr. schprock said...

It reminds me of when Carl Yazstremski of the Red Sox retired. All my life Yaz was on the Red Sox and suddenly he was gone.

At Saturday, 08 July, 2006, Blogger Kathleen said...

Scott - Lots of people thought Stevie went past his prime, but I think he needed this last season, so that his last game in a Detroit uniform wasn't the one where he almost lost an eye.

Dreadmouse - Oh, that's a definite. It's been discussed for years.

Schprockie - I remember Yaz, he was cool.

At Saturday, 08 July, 2006, Blogger Heather said...

Steve Yzerman was the only Red Wing I respected, as an Avs fan. I'm sorry for the loss of your captain. I'll feel the same way when Sakic retires.


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