Sunday, June 9, 2024

Marlins Recent Series Struggles

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

As we approach the dog days of summer, the 2024 season has been a difficult one for the Marlins as their record currently stands at 22-42 leading into the final game of their series vs the Cleveland Guardians (41-22).

To summarize the recent challenges for the fish, all you have to do is look at the last three series. 

From May 27-29, Miami lost 2-3 games on the road to the San Diego Padres and they faced former teammate Luis Arraez. The Padres took the first two games of the series by successive 2-1 and 4-0 scores. Miami won the finale 9-1.

Would returning home change the fortunes of the Marlins?

Absolutely not.

From May 31-June 2, The World Champions Texas Rangers came to loanDepot Park and took 2-3 from Miami.

For the second straight night, the conclusion of the Padres series and beginning of the Rangers, Marlins bats came alive taking the opener 8-2. 

But things went down hill from there as the Marlins never scored another run in the Rangers series by dropping successive 7-0 and 6-0 decisions.

In the game we saw on June 2, Texas left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney entered the contest with a 1-6 record and a 4.47 ERA. Six innings later, he didn’t give up any runs and amassed seven strikeouts and yielded no walks. The Rangers bullpen shut down the Marlins with three clean innings and Heaney watched his record improve to 2-6.

Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien reached base all five times. He had one hit, a fielders choice and walked three times as Texas cruised to the easy win. 

Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers hurled six innings and gave up four runs on six hits as his record dropped to 1-7. The Marlins amassed only five hits in this contest.

The Tampa Bay Rays came to town from June 4-5 in the Sunshine Series but things looked gloomy for the Marlins as Rays won the series 2-0 with successive 9-5 and 5-3 outcomes.

As a result, Miami has lost three straight series.

Making a rare appearance to South Florida, the Cleveland Guardians came to town for a weekend three-game series vs the Fish from June 7-9.

Miami took the opener 3-2 in Friday Night, but lost the second contest 8-0 on Saturday.

This set the stage for the rubber game of the series which was Dontrelle Willis Bobblehead day. 

Sunday’s pitching match-up was Carlos Carrasco (2-5, 5.66 ERA) for Cleveland facing Trevor Rogers (1-7, 5.68 ERA for Miami.

Nobody will be able to blame Rogers’ for what occurred as he went five innings and yielding just one run and struck out four. 

Tough luck Trevor’s only run came off the bat of Guardians DH Gabriel Arias in the third inning that gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

The Marlins scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings and took a 2-1 lead. 

But in the sixth inning, the Marlins bullpen imploded by giving up three runs thanks to the bat of Cleveland center-fielder Tyler Freeman’s blast that the Guardians a 5-2 lead. AJ Puk gave up these runs and was the losing pitcher. He dropped to 0-7 in 2024.

Miami committed two errors in the game.

In the ninth inning, both teams scored runs as the final score was 6-3. Freeman also scored a run in the ninth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Jake Burger belted a round tripper that went approximately 383 feet to left field, his fifth homer of the season.

The Marlins have now lost four consecutive series and saw their record drop to 22-43. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s record improved to 42-22.

Earlier in the week, the Marlins moved on from a free agent during the Derek Jeter regime. They decided to eat the $23 million left on Avisail Garcia. The 32-year old has been plagued by injuries and below average play.

Meanwhile, the Marlins have Monday off and then travel to New York and play the Mets for a three-game series. They’ll also face the Washington Nationals in the Nations Capital for three more contests. We’ll see if they can finally win a series.

The Guardians, who rarely travel to South Florida, drew crowds of 10,718, 15,669 and 12,850.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth.

To see his broadcast, there is no cost to subscribe to the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel.

Finally, his book “Lessons From The Microphone” can be purchased on Amazon-Kindle and Barnes & Noble. The auto book is on the way.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Return To Maple Leaf Gardens

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

If there was ever a time that I needed a camera phone, it was on my 20th birthday that occurred on December 29, 1982.

I went with a friend to Toronto and we toured the city, but the sporting event that topped off the trip was watching the Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens. This game occurred at Maple Leaf Gardens and we bought the tickets from a fan that had a pair. I told him to give us a break and it was my birthday. That fan was great and we bought those for $20.00 apiece.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Maple Leafs vs the Canadiens is the biggest rivalry in hockey and ranks among the best in Professional Sports.

For those of you that haven’t been to Toronto, it’s a must see. On our recent trip, I drove through China and Italy town. We covered the Blue Jays vs Kansas City Royals, went to the CN Tower and ate at the Spaghetti Factory.

Before she met me, my wife’s hockey team was the Milwaukee Admirals. Since we’ve been together, her NHL alliance is the Detroit Red Wings. We watch a lot of hockey together at home and she’s taken pictures covering the Florida Panthers and the Red Wings.

What she would experience in Toronto going to Maple Leaf Gardens was a hockey lesson that would give her insights about the NHL for over 100 years. Maple Leaf Gardens was built in 1912 and renovated in 2009.

Nowadays, when new stadiums are built, it’s automatic that the old ones get imploded or the wrecking ball. Maple Leaf Gardens is registered as a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a historic building located on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street.

It’s been also called “MLG,” “The Carlton Street Cashbox,” “The Church of Hockey” and “The Shrine.”

When the Maple Leafs moved downtown, I talked to a person and he said the building was renovated for $80 Million. There is a grocery store on the ground floor and it’s marked with signs of what was on that level.

There is also an athletic complex that was named “Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens” and the ice rink is located on the sixth level, was named “Mattamy Home Ice.”

During the course of our visit, Candy was very busy taking picture of me at Maple Leaf Gardens and I enjoyed showing her all the history in that building. She was truly impressed with what she saw. I’ve been to the Hockey Hall of Fame which has now been moved to a different location. But I told her that the road to the Hall of Fame for many of these players came through Maple Leaf Gardens.

The photos in this story will give you a great feel for this venue and all the history connected with it.

The parking structure is below ground, level one is the grocery store and centre ice is in aisle 25, level two is a basketball court for the college, levels, three, four and five. 

At times in life, there aren’t any do overs. 

But that wasn’t the case here.

When we covered the NFL Draft from April 25-27 in Detroit, I had already made the decision to take Candy to Niagara Falls and Toronto. The two places are about an hour away from each other so it was a no-Brainer to hit them both on the same trip.

But I knew going back to Maple Leaf Gardens was my top priority! Thankfully, now I have the photos of what the use of the venue is, plus going to the Blue Jays vs the Royals enabled me to catch up with My friend Don Mattingly!

It doesn’t get any better than this!

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth.

To see his broadcasts, subscribe at no cost to the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel.

Finally, Scott’s book, “Lessons From The Microphone” is available on Amazon-Kindle and Barnes & Noble.




Thursday, May 30, 2024

More Memories With Donnie Baseball

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

When I covered the NFL Draft four weeks ago in Detroit, I wanted to make the most out of the 12 days in that part of the country.

I promised my significant other that I would take her to Niagara Falls and Toronto, CA. 

She had never been to either place and these were short drives.

I’ve always viewed Toronto as one of the best cities that I have been to. I’ve seen the Maple Leafs play at Maple Leaf Gardens, in addition to the Blue Jays playing at the old Exhibition Stadium, then moving to the Skydome. 

The Spaghetti Factory is an awesome place to eat and the CN Tower is great to see the entire area.

On April 30, 2024, I returned to the renamed Sky Dome, which is now the Rogers Center, and there was only one person that I wanted to see.

My friend Don Mattingly is in his second season as a coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

We developed a great friendship when he was the manager of the Miami Marlins. 

He made the most of the limited resources he had in Miami.

Mattingly led the Marlins during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic season and had to deal with some of the most unusual circumstances that a skipper was faced with. Yet, he took it all in stride and it was neat getting to know him on Zoom. The Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs in the playoffs.

When the Media returned to LoanDepot Park, Mattingly’s Media Availability’s not only consisted of game updates, but I would ask him general baseball questions. There has never been a manager that I’ve worked with where I learned as much from than Mattingly.

His media sessions drew a lot of views on the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel. 

That’s how big of a following he has worldwide knowing that he played his entire MLB Career with the New York Yankees.

On a Zoom Call, I asked Mattingly during the Covid-19 Season, what he thought of too many no-hitters being thrown early in the season? He said it was bad for baseball. 

Craig Mish, who has covered the Marlins for years, was able to use my question and posted it on his twitter page, and it went viral as 392,000 people viewed it with my voice talking to the skipper.

But Don Mattingly cares about people. 

When I began having some medical issues, we would talk privately and he was always giving me moral support to stay positive. He said just to work through them. 

I had some concussion issues and he was telling me stories about players dealing with head trauma. He continued to remind me that I have to be patient how to deal with these head injuries. Then again, what would you expect a friend to say to a friend.

Fortunately, we always took some great pictures together and he’s in my book, “Lessons From The Microphone” as I had some great stories about a guy that truly belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

As we hung out in front of the Blue Jays dugout, I decided this time that seeing Mattingly was enough for me. 

I put my cell phone in my pocket and we just talked. 

We talked about his time in Miami and he said that he has the utmost respect for his successor Skip Schumaker and the struggles that the Marlins are experiencing.

But I could tell that by viewing his body language and voice that Mattingly is enjoying life in Toronto. He doesn’t worry about wins and losses as much as his focus is on teaching the game he knows to his current players. 

He didn’t seem like he was in a hurry to manage again, although knowing him like I do, he’ll lead a team if the right situation came along.

Moreover, he told me that he walks to Rogers Center because he lives across the street. We stayed five minutes away and it was pleasant because I didn’t have to worry about finding parking in an area that I didn’t know.

The best part about the Media Industry is the amount of friends that lead to great relationships through the years. I’ve been fortunate to have met a lot of great people especially in baseball.

The Blue Jays lost to the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on this night. The game took 2:19 to complete in front of 27,189 fans. 

There is no question that Toronto has some of the best fans in North America.

Toronto’s communications staff treated us great! I look forward to the day I return.

But on this night, it was all about Don Mattingly and I having more memories together! 

This is the one instance that I enjoyed not having to record a conversation. It was about handshakes and hugs and he told me that he always enjoys seeing me. 

That meant everything to me because life is too short and it’s important to create the memories while I’m able to. Our pictures together are priceless!

Covering a game at Rogers Center was a totally different experience as the press box is located a long the left-field line next to foul territory. 

The only place I’ve sat in the press box is behind home plate, but the Blue Jays decided to build suites instead to create another revenue stream. I can’t blame them for that.

One day, I would like to stay in the hotel at Rogers Center. Can you imagine not leaving the stadium to cover a game?

Unlike LoanDepot Park in Miami, there are plenty of restaurants and sports bars to hang out before and after the game.

But this was definitely a memorable night hanging out with “Donnie Baseball” North of the Border.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth.

To see Scott’s broadcasts, you can subscribe to the South Florida Tribune YouTube Channel at no cost.

Finally, Scott’s book, “Lessons From The Microphone” can be purchased on Amazon-Kindle along with Barnes & Noble.


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tigers Legend Dan Petry Talks About 1984 Championship Team

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

Throughout the years, I’ve been very fortunate to interview some of the all-time great Detroit Tigers.

Some of the players that come to mind on the 1968 World Championship team include: Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton and Jim Price.

When the Tigers made the playoffs in 1972, I crossed paths with Billy Martin, Duke Sims and Joe Coleman.

Who can forget the 1984 World Championship squad? 

I have good memories with Sparky Anderson, Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish, Kirk Gibson and Dan Petry.

As the Tigers get set for their 40th anniversary celebrating the 1984 team in August, I had the opportunity to spend time with Petry as you’re going to see in the video which is inserted in this story when I covered the Miami Marlins series vs Detroit a couple weeks ago in Comerica Park.

It was great reminiscing with Petry about the 1984 team, plus the 1987 Tigers playoff team that lost to the Minnesota Twins.

We talked about players that should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame from the 1968 and 1984 squads. When I approached Petry about talking about the 1984 Tigers, he smiled and was glad to talk about the memories and teammates on that squad.

The 65-year old native of Palo Alto, CA., compiled a 125-104 record with a 3.95 ERA and 1,063 strikeouts in a career that began in 1979 and ended 1991. Petry pitched in 370 games, 300 as a starter, threw for 2,080.1 innings, and amassed 52 complete games. 

He had two stints with the Tigers. His first was from 1979-1987 and was an All-Star in 1985, in addition to winning the World Series in 1984.

His second stint with the Tigers occurred from 1990-91. He also had stops with the California Angels (1988-1989), Atlanta Braves (1991) and Boston Red Sox (1991).

During our conversation, he talked about Jack Morris, Frank Tanana and Milt Wilcox among others.

Petry is currently a studio analyst for the Tigers on Ballys Sports Detroit.

In addition to talking about the past, we also talked about today’s game which consists of new rule changes to speed up the game, Tommy John surgeries, as well as the lack of complete games.

There is no doubt that once you view this video, you’re going to be much more knowledgeable about the two different eras. First, the one he played in and second, the once he’s analyzing.

When an opportunity comes to talk to former Tigers, there is no doubt that I will pounce on it.

Petry is a Tigers legend and a very important part of the teams’ history.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and he can he reached on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth.

You can see his broadcasts by subscribing to the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel at no cost.

Finally, Scott wrote a book “Lessons From The Microphone” which talks about Old School Media vs New School Media. It’s available on Amazon-Kindle and Barnes & Noble.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Dane Myers Road To The Miami Marlins

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

If there was ever a story that came full circle, it occurred during the Miami Marlins series vs the Detroit Tigers May 13-15 at Comerica Park.

I’m very thankful that Marlins Luis Dorante Jr. of the Marlins Communications Department steered me in this direction.

It’s easy to go after the bigger name players and get some good sound bites. Those are also good stories.

Since I’ve covered minor league baseball in the past, I like to go after stories that most reporters won’t think of. I like going after the “Hidden Hems” or the underdogs.

I’ll never forget the time when I used Chad Crunk of the Detroit Tigers as a resource often and asked him is there a player that he wanted to promote. We kidded around about this when I was at Comerica Park. He came up with some good players, but the one that stood out was Tigers catcher Jake Rogers. Jake was one of the players that the Tigers acquired when they traded Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros.

Before going to Comerica Park, I didn’t even know Dorante Jr. 

In Detroit, Dorante Jr., he introduced himself to me in front of the Marlins dugout. We talked about players and landed on outfielder Dane Myers.

If there was ever a story that was ideal, this was it.

Myers (28), who played college baseball for the Rice Owls, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the sixth round of the 2017 MLB Draft, 185th overall. He bats and throws right.

I’m not going to get into his minor league history too much with the Tigers.

Myers didn’t play a game in 2020 do to the cancellation of the Minor League season being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

He began his professional career as a pitcher but was converted to an outfielder prior to the 2021 Season in the Tigers organization.

Myers found a new home on December 7, 2022 as he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the Minor League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. He spent time between Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to begin the year.

On July 3, 2023, Myers was selected to the Marlins 40-Man Roster for the first time. During his rookie season he hit .269 with one homer, and nine RBI.

At the moment, the Marlins are 18-34 and are in fifth place in the National League Eastern Division. They’ve been decimated by injuries to their pitching staff as well as under performance. 

Earlier in the year, the Marlins traded NL Batting Champion Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres for prospects.

When teams struggle, this is an opportunity for other players to make the most of their opportunity.

That’s exactly what Myers is doing. 

To date, he’s currently hitting .269 with two home runs and 16 RBI. He’s playing third base and outfield.

Because of his strong arm, this gives the Marlins another option at the hot corner.

If there was ever a guy that you’d want to pull for, it’s Myers. 

We talked for nine minutes before the second game of the Tigers contest vs the Marlins. As you watch this interview, there is no doubt that you’re going to find yourself rooting for Myers.

The Columbus, Texas., native and I talked about his time with the Tigers, changing positions and his fresh start with the Marlins.

He would make his Comerica Park debut in the final contest of the three-game series. He went 0-2 but finally got to play in a stadium that he yearned to make his regular home when he was drafted.

Before the final game of the Marlins three-game series vs the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, I asked Miami Manager Ship Schumaker about what Myers role is with the team and what he thinks of his future with the club.

Once again, check out the video to get the skippers answer. 

You’re going to get the same impression that I did and the future is bright.

If there was ever a story that was a natural idea being a native from Detroit, this was it.

After the interview, I felt like I made a friend for life with Myers and you can be rest assured, that I’ll be a fan of this guy and monitor his career.

There is nothing NOT to like about Dane Myers and it’s only fitting that his Road To The Miami Marlins came via the Detroit Tigers.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth.

If you want to see his broadcasts as well as his other interviews, there is no cost to subscribe to the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel.

Finally, Scott’s book “Lessons From The Microphone” talks about Old School Media vs New School Media and anybody can benefit from it. It’s available on Amazon-Kindle and Barnes & Noble. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Miami Marlins VS Detroit Tigers, Overview

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

There weren’t too many series that I would make a return trip to a city where there was a big event a couple weeks prior than this one between the Miami Marlins at Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park from May 13-15.

The 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit from April 25-27, is very fresh in my mind. There were a few good stories and some nice videos that will all be on our platform within the next seven days.

But covering the Marlins and Tigers was special because for 40 years, I covered the Tigers. 

I joined the Marlins in 2020 and have really found this working relationship enjoyable. I couldn’t think of a better manager to work with than my friend Don Mattingly and now Skip Schumaker.

It was great covering the entire three-game series. 

My camera phone captured photos of my colleagues in Detroit as well as those in Miami. On the Marlins side, it was great to see Jessica Blaylock, Kelly Saco, Coach Jody Reed, announcers Paul Severino and Rod Allen, who like myself, was a part of the Tigers.

On the Detroit side, it was nice meeting writer Dawn Klemish, new Tigers play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti, Craig Monroe, broadcaster John Keating, Jennifer Hammond, and Tigers legend Dan Petry, who was a key player on the Tigers 1984 World Series Championship team. It was great seeing my buddy Ted Kulfan, who is the Detroit Red Wings beat writer.

I have to admit that covering the three games in Detroit gave me an opportunity to see the development around Comerica Park which was tremendous. 

Taking a picture at the statue of Barry Sanders outside of Ford Field was awesome. Sanders is my all-time favorite running back. I covered the Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome when Sanders was rushing up the record books en route to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

What’s happened to Detroit having three sports venues under a half mile for all of their four teams is remarkable and other cities should take note. The pictures tell the story.

In addition to this series summary, I had the opportunity to interview Miami Marlins outfielder and former Tigers prospect Dane Myers and Petry. Those will be separate stories.

The Marlins entered this series with an 11-31 mark while Detroit was 20-20. On the surface, this series had a three-game sweep by Detroit all over it.

But that’s why you play the games.

All three games were close.

The Marlins had a 5-3 lead into the bottom half of the eighth. But the Tigers rallied for three runs and won the contest 6-5, thanks to a two run-homer by Spencer Torkelson. Matt Manning pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three runs and had a no-decision. 

The Tigers bullpen shut down the Marlins by getting solid performances by Alex Faedo who improved his record to 3-1 and Jason Foley notched his 10th save.

It’s hard to believe that after game one, the Tigers wouldn’t score another run in the series. But that’s what transpired in games two and three.

Game two seemed like yesteryear as we saw an old-fashioned pitchers duel.

Miami received a stellar performance by Ryan Weathers, who went eight scoreless innings, yielding three hits and striking out four, but would end up getting a no-decision.

Reese Olson was dynamite for Detroit as he went eight scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out six.

But this game went to the bullpens and Miami won 1-0 in 10 innings. 

The ghost runner Bryan De La Cruz scored the winning run for Miami, and Tanner Scott got the win improving his record to 2-4. AJ Puk earned his first save of the season.

Alex Lange’s record dropped to 0-3.

In the rubber game on Wednesday, May 15, this turned out to be an interesting pitching match-up.

Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers, who was an all-star in 2021 entered the game with an 0-6 record and a 6.57 ERA. But he didn’t pitch that way against the Tigers as he faced Casey Mize, (1-1, 3.58 ERA). Mize is one of the Tigers top young pitchers.

Unfortunately for Mize, the top two hitters in the Marlins batting order turned him into a loser (1-2). 

Jazz Chisholm singled to lead off the game and De La Cruz belted a two run homer in the bottom of the first inning giving Miami a 2-0 lead, which would become the final score. Rogers won his first game of the season improving to 1-6.

One big moment in this game was when Marlins outfielder Dane Myers, a one-time Tigers prospect who never made it to Detroit, made his debut in the Motor City as he went 0-2. 

You’re never going to meet a nicer young man than Dane as you’re going to find out in that story.

The Tigers ended this series by going scoreless in 18 innings. 

Meanwhile, Miami won its first road series of the season.

The last time the Marlins recorded consecutive shutouts of nine of more innings on the road was three consecutive in 2004 from April 13-15 at the Montreal Expos.

The three games were decided by four runs. 

It turned out to be an amazing series and homecoming for myself.

I found myself talking to George Eichorn and referring to the Tigers as you guys, while I was on the Marlins side. 

It felt weird, but that’s the way it is.

While I saw the Tigers take on the Marlins last year at Loan Depot Park last summer, this just felt much different. But with inter-league play where every team faces each other once, it’s time to get used to the new reality.

After the series, the Marlins went on to win 2-3 versus the Mets at home including an 8-0 shellacking on Friday Night. Miami went on to have a four-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, Detroit traveled to Arizona and took their frustrations out on the Diamondbacks winning their first contest 13-0 then hammered the snakes 8-3 on Saturday Night.

But at least I can see these two teams play every year.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth. 

To see his broadcasts, subscribe to the South Florida Tribune.

Scott wrote a book “Lessons From The Microphone” which talks about Old School Media Vs New School Media. It’s available on Amazon/Kindle and Barnes & Noble.








Monday, May 20, 2024

NFL Draft Overview

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

When Detroit needed to come through in the clutch in order to send a message to the sports world that it was ready to host major events, the 2024 NFL Draft proved to be the right opportunity!

There would be no shortage of hotels when you factor in the suburbs. I stayed in my hometown of Farmington Hills and didn’t overpay. Despite more traffic, downtown was only 30 minutes from my hotel with minimal traffic.

But the numbers for this event were staggering. Day One of the NFL Draft set an attendance record of 275,000 + and people were turned away. On day two, the entry was paused again as the NFL Draft hit its max capacity for the second straight night. 

Going into day three, Commissioner Roger Goodell let the Detroit crowd know that they are 100,000 people away from setting the all-time attendance of over 600,000 which would get smashed on day three. 

When the event was over, Detroit set an all-time draft record of 775,000 + and I was talking to security people and officers and they said, the downtown and areas around the draft eclipsed over 3 Million. 

I’m not a math major to tell you how much revenue was generated for the Metro Detroit Area and won’t even attempt to come up with a figure.

But from an overall standpoint, for me covering the NFL Draft in My Hometown was a once in a lifetime experience. The NFL rotates the event every year and Green Bay is on the clock.

One tool that helped my coverage was before the Media Center opened at 3 PM, there was a private company that housed the Media. I was able to do a Radio Show from “The Lambert Draft Media Hospitality House” to promote my book, “Lessons From the Microphone” and this was an awesome place to work out of because it was quiet, plus they had good food.

The amount of work I got done here, saved a lot of stress.

During the first two days, I didn’t have the opportunity to walk around the stage area because I wanted to avoid the crowds.

But day three would be totally different. 

It was neat seeing the Stage Area where the players were introduced. I enjoyed walking around the entire area as the pictures will show you just talking to fans talking about football. 

There were Lions fans and it was neat talking to NFL Fans from around the country.

My photographer Candy Ebling and reporter Jeremy Ballreich joined me as we were interacting with fans and meeting new fans/followers.

With an event like this, meeting football fans is great, in addition to networking, plus digging for content.

There is no doubt that Metro Detroit sent a message to the NFL that it’s capable of holding an event of this magnitude and don’t be surprised if the draft comes sooner than 31 years.

My message to the NBA, NHL and NCAA is after Detroit’s latest Big Event, the Metro Area will have no trouble hosting your All-Star Games and another Final Four. I wouldn’t be surprised if Detroit gets another Super Bowl.

But when this city needed to step up to the plate, it hit a grand slam home run when it needed it as the numbers indicated!

The folks in Windsor Canada and casinos across the river give tourists an opportunity to hang out in two countries.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com. Feel free to follow him on Twitter/X @TribuneSouth. You can see his broadcasts by subscribing to the South Florida Tribune You Tube Channel.

Also, Scott wrote a book “Lessons From The Microphone” which talks about Old School Media VS New School Media. It’s available on Amazon/Kindle and Barnes & Noble.

  

Marlins Recent Series Struggles

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH As we approach the dog days of summer, the 2024 season has been a difficult one for the Marlins as their record currentl...