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Advice given to me from then Tigers closer, Mike Henneman, 1995

"Hey Rookie! Keep the ball Down."

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Comment by Bill Stanton on October 8, 2009 at 3:29pm
Pat- what were some of the things veterans did to "welcome" a rookie like you to the big leagues?
Comment by Pat Ahearne on October 9, 2009 at 11:32am
Unfortunately, I wasn't there long enough to get too much welcome. I did have Kirk Gibson yell at me for leaving my hat off during the last 10 minutes of batting practice one day after I did my running - "HEY ROOKIE! Who the hell are you that you can't wear your goddamn hat during batting practice?!?!"

Gibson was the first person to come up to me when I was sent back to AAA and said "keep working hard and get yourself back up here."

That's one of my highlights of being in the big leagues - I was teammates with Kirk Gibson.


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