Today Grapefruit League action begins, which means “the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” Each year, as the Spring Training games kicked off, legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell would utter these famous words:
“Lo, the Winter’s passed, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the Earth, the time for the singing of birds has come. And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”
This means one thing: Detroit Tigers baseball is upon us. Let the rejoicing begin.
Listen as Ernie repeats the beloved poem: