DETROIT (CBS Detroit) — Players, former players and colleagues all spoke out Friday night after hearing about the passing of the legendary Mike Ilitch.
The owner of both the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings touched the lives of many players over the course of the past 30 years or so. Detroit athletes, past and present, gave their condolences to the Ilitch family on social media Friday night.
RIP Mr Ilitch, He was a great person, who did great things for the city of Detroit. It was as honor to start my pro career with his team.
— Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) February 11, 2017
RIP Mr I. Ive not been n ur organization long but I knew it was one I wanted to be a part of. We will rejoice in all u have done for Detroit
— Daniel Norris (@DanielNorris18) February 11, 2017
Sad news about the passing of Mr Illitch. Thank you for all you did for Detroit. It was an honor to play for you. Praying for Illitch family
— Matthew Boyd (@mattboyd48) February 11, 2017
Sad to hear the passing of Mr Ilitch. I quickly realised how much of an impact he had on the Tigers and the city of Detroit.
— Warwick Saupold (@Wazr30) February 11, 2017
Saddened to hear about the news of Mr. Ilitch. RIP
— Ben Verlander (@Verly32) February 11, 2017
RIP Mike Ilitch. Sad day in Detroit.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) February 11, 2017
Sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Ilitch. A great man who did so much for Detroit. Honored to have played under his ownership.
— Ian Krol (@IanKrolTKB) February 11, 2017