Who Are We?

Good question!

Glass Half Fulmer was co-founded by a pair of Detroit Tigers fans with plenty of blogging experience, a passion for the team and the sport, and a fluency in sarcasm.

Grey Papke is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit. His experience with the Tigers started when his mother insisted on having a handheld radio brought to her hospital room in the days after he was born so she could listen to the ballgames. He attended games at Tiger Stadium from a young age, loved saying the name “Mickey Tettleton,” and was once fortunate enough to meet Cecil Fielder before a game, where he asked the slugger how many pancakes he ate every morning. (The answer: “A lot.”) He bore witness to the numerous terrible teams of the 1990s and early 2000s, though he was in attendance when Damion Easley once hit for the cycle.

Grey began blogging about the Tigers in 2010, most prominently writing for Walkoff Woodward from 2012 to 2016. In 2010, he also became a partial season ticket holder, and he remains a regular at Friday night home games. He attended his first playoff games in 2011, was present to see them lose the World Series in 2012, and is still bitter over the pair of no-hitters he has seen fall in the 9th (Justin Verlander vs. Pittsburgh and Anibal Sanchez vs. Minnesota).

Grey is also a staff writer for Larry Brown Sports. You can contact him directly at gdpapke@gmail.com, and you can follow him on Twitter @spacemnkymafia.

The other half of this operation, Alex Simon, is a pragmatic but somewhat rabid Detroit Tigers fan with undying love of Phil Coke and Dan Haren. Alex first became a Tigers fan for a couple months in the spring of 1994 when she went to a game with her family, then the strike happened and she stopped caring about baseball for a while. Alex resumed her baseball fandom during the summer of 1998 and the rest is, as they say, history.

Alex has been blogging about the Tigers off-and-on since at least 2007, and joined Detroit Tigers Scorecard and then Walkoff Woodward in 2012. She also writes the Retroactive Review column over at Hardball Times, and contributed to the most recent edition of the Hardball Times Annual. Alex also periodically blogs about the Tigers at Cats With Bats, the Mudhens at the recently launched Farm System Only, and about movies/music at Flicks and Spins. Alex is the Walkoff Woodward tweeter most likely to call someone a putz or make snarky memes.

Alex is a season ticketholder for the Toledo MudHens and gave away her tickets to what wound up being the MudHens’ first no-hitter in twenty years.

You can find her on twitter at catswithbats.

The head graphics maker (and occasional writer) is Jon Kemppainen, who is better known as MonkeyWrench32. Jon has been a Tigers fan since 1992 when he first caught George Kell and Al Kaline broadcasting games on local TV. Bobby Higginson is his all-time favorite Tiger and is even known as “Higgy” to a good number of people.

Jon has been making monthly Tigers desktop schedule wallpapers for over ten seasons. He also creates calendars for many teams around Michigan and the Toledo area. His art is hosted at his personal web site of MW32.com.

Jon can often be found complaining about bunting on twitter at MonkeyWrench32.