There’s a sadness spreading through the Michigan theatre community today…
We’ve lost our friend, Randy Godwin.
I’m still in a little shock, I suppose – I think most of the people I’ve spoken with today have been. Spent the day with my kids, helping them do their Christmas shopping, but had a hard time staying focused. Kept thinking about different events from the years I knew Randy… and thinking about friends I’ve not spoken with lately and how I should.
I directed Randy in a few shows, stage managed him in a bunch, did a bunch of other projects and shared a lot of beers with him. In all of that, one memory sticks out that’s always made me laugh – and I’m grateful to have it:
Years ago, Randy and I went to a baseball game at Tiger Stadium. It was 1997, and the Tigers were horrible. Randy and I were one of a VERY few people in the stadium, and we were in seats in center field, right on the railing overlooking the field (right where the “Couch Potato Couch” was, for those who remember!). We were, literally, the only two in the section. We were leaning over the railing, drinking beers, and right below us was Bobby Bonilla – the Florida Marlins player. (At Tiger Stadium’s double deck, you were VERY close to the field – Bonilla was directly below and very close!) As we watched, an issue arose on the field – the scoreboard said one out, but there were two, and there was confusion. The stadium was so empty we could HEAR the players yelling to each other! In the midst of it, Randy yelled down to the centerfielder “Hey! Bobby! There’s TWO outs, right?!” – to our surprise Bobby Bonilla, without turning around, answered Randy by holding up two fingers outstretched toward us! We gasped, looked at each other like two 8 year old kids who’d had Mean Joe Greene’s jersey thrown at them, and I yelled “Thanks Bobby!!”, to which Bobby Bonilla did the fist bump wave as a “You’re welcome”!
We cheered for Bobby Bonilla the rest of the game.
It was one of the neatest, most unique moments I’ve had in a ballpark, and Rand and I talked about how cool it was for years after.
Rest in peace, pal.