I just got back from Joe Nuxhall's visitation. The response to his death continues to be stunning. There were probably 500 people in line at 3 o'clock and the doors didn't open to the public until 4. There was talk visitation will go to at least 10.
The pictures from his career stirred a lot of memories and choked up a lot of people.
John Erardi asked Marty Brennaman if Joe had lived a full life. "Yes, he did. He got his money's worth with no change back."
Ken Griffey Jr, Barry Larkin, Sean Casey, Johnny Bench, Tommy Helms, Don Gullett, Jom O'Toole, Chuck Harmon, Doug Flynn, Buddy Bell were among those in attendance.
But the overwhelming thing was the number of everyday fans.
The only way to explain it is the power of kindness. Joe was an extraordarinarily nice man. He was a star who never lost touch with his roots because he never thought of himself as a star. He made everyone feel like they were his favorite.