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That Mitch Albom-penned Ernie Harwell play is actually happening

Feb 16, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

Ernie Harwell

When it was first announced last fall I hoped it was like one of the many projects we hear about but which never come to fruition.  But no, it appears that Mitch Albom’s play about Ernie Harwell is actually happening.  It will officially be announced tomorrow, including introductions of the actor playing Harwell and some remarks by Albom himself.  The play’s description from the production company:

“Ernie” features a two person cast portraying “Ernie” and the “Boy”, a teenager who, on the night Ernie comes to Comerica Park to say goodbye to the fans, encounters his hero and asks him to give a very special broadcast – the broadcast of his life. The play will feature actual footage from historic baseball moments, famous Tigers players and Harwell calls.

Like I said last fall, I think a play about Ernie Harwell could be pretty cool. I just think that Mitch Albom is probably the least-equipped person on he planet to do it.  Albom’s famous books traffic in easy sentimentality and emotional manipulation. They’re feature elderly people who either behave like children or some kind of sage gurus and nothing in between.  His sports writing, while once somewhat fresh back before most of you reading this were born, is so hacky that hacks look at it and say “damn, that guy’s a hack.”  The idea of letting Albom combine is twisted sense of mortality and aging and sports in the form of an Ernie Harwell piece borders on the criminal.

Given that, in contrast to Albom’s works, Harwell was all about understatement, humility, self-deprecation and grace, I feel safe in saying that it’s not exactly a match.

(thanks to Brian Murphy for the link)

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 16, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Indeed. Albom was deemed too syrupy to make a Coke commercial.

  2. dmvdmv101560 - Feb 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Craig, Mitch Albom is one the greatest writers of our time and, frankly, I am stunned that you would throw a fellow writer under the bus as you have here. Albom is one of the greatest sports writers of our time and you have the balls to call him a “hack”? Once you have attained the pinnacle of your profession, like Albom has, you may be able to comment about him but, in the meantime, find someone else to make fun of so you can feel better about yourself. I’ll take Albom’s columns and books over your little Internet column any day.

    • tomemos - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      “Mitch Albom is one the greatest writers of our time”

      Love this. Love it.

      Craig, maybe you’d “attain the pinnacle of your profession” faster if you’d just make stuff up, like Album did.

    • b7p19 - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:26 PM

      So I take it you disagree with Craig then? You do, in fact, think Mitch Albom is “one of the greatest writers of our time?” I mean, not even “one of the greatest SPORTS writers of our time,” you said “one of the greatest writers (all writers) of our time.” You sir (or madam…or Mitch Albom…or Mrs. Albom), need to read more and turn off “Sports Reporters” for a few weeks.

    • spudchukar - Feb 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

      Dmvdmv, so enlighten me. Does it go Hemmingway, Faulkner, Albom, or Faulkner, Albom, Hemmingway, or Albom, Hemmingway, Faulkner?

    • Joe - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:14 PM

      Sir, Craig Calcaterra is one of the greatest bloggers of our time and, frankly, I am stunned that you would throw a writer under the bus as you have here. Calcaterra is one of the greatest baseball bloggers of our time and you have the balls to call him a “hack”? . Once you have attained the pinnacle of your profession, like Calcaterra has, you may be able to comment about him but, in the meantime, find someone else to make fun of so you can feel better about yourself.

  3. Glenn - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Oh no! Please say that Ernie and the boy don’t meet in heaven on Tuesdays!

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