Pictured here is a famous cartoon by Bill Gallo after the death of Thurman Munson and, to paraphrase Bill, I don’t feel like talking about baseball today. Baseball lost a legend today with the passing of Tom “TBone” Giordano.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Florida. I can never wait to get here, but this past Monday was the first time I ever came to Florida with a sense of dread. I was coming to say goodbye to TBone.
The drive from Tampa to Orlando was mind numbing as was the sense of helplessness at seeing my friend so sick. I got to say goodbye and for that I’m thankful. I also thank Bone’s daughter Gail for allowing me to say goodbye.
Over the next few days and weeks, a lot will be written about this truly great man. I am honored to be able to call him my friend. He taught me as much about life as he did about baseball. Some of the greatest moments or experiences I have had around baseball weren’t at a ballpark but rather at a table - usually at an Italian restaurant — with Bone.
Farewell my friend, until we meet again.