For one long-time Tribe fan, reunion with Omar Vizquel ‘icing on the cake’
Brunswick native Adrienne Zonneville was 17 years old in 1996 when, in battling cancer for the second time, the Make-a-Wish Foundation sent her and her family to Winter Haven, Fla., for a week to visit Indians Spring Training.
There, with her dad, Charlie, she met one Omar Vizquel, the year after the Indians went to the World Series.
We connected with Adrienne a few weeks back and had a great opportunity: With Omar in town with the Tigers, and being inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame, we re-connected the duo during batting practice.
It was emotional.
Now cancer free, Zonneville lives in Charlotte, N.C., and brought her grandfather, Bob to Saturday’s game with her. (She’s originally from Northeast Ohio; Bob, in an awesome twist, is a World War II two-time Purple Heart Award recipient.)
Adrienne brought a Vizquel jersey for him to sign, and she talked to him about that day 18 years ago. Vizquel, for his part, was touched to hear that that day helped her in her cancer battle.
In a text after the encounter, Adrienne wrote, “This was a huge deal for me. After my century ride two weeks ago, this is great icing on the cake!”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond