Saturday, September 24, 2011

Man Plans God Laughs

I came home on leave from Afghanistan from the 26th of Jul until the 9th of August. My girlfriend, Melissa, is Canadian and had never been to a Tigers game before. She’s not even really a fan yet. I got tickets for the 30th of July for the Tigers game against the Angels. We were both incredibly excited about going to a game together and I had aimed to make it an experience that she would never forget. I was excited to show her all the secrets of Comerica Park. I wanted to take her to the roof of Chelis and look down upon such a magical place. After the game I was going to show her around the city of Detroit which I love so much. I hate that Detroit gets such a bad rap from the rest of the nation. We were going to spend the night at the MGM Grand hotel. I had reserved the top floor suite with a corner view of the city. After spending a wonderful evening in the city I was going to propose to Melissa as the sun came up over Detroit. I wanted one of the happiest moments of my life to forever be associated with Major League Baseball. Unfortunately things did not exactly work out as I had planned. Melissa was diagnosed with cancer and had to have several surgeries and start chemotherapy during my leave from Afghanistan. I was disappointed that Melissa didn’t get the opportunity to experience the magic of the Detroit Tigers. I’m not so much disappointed about the proposal because that is going to happen eventually. I can’t wait to take her to her first game once she recovers from this terrible disease.

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