"Somebody will say, 'Oh, I feel so bad for you. All these wonderful things are happening to you and then you have this bad news," she said. "But, really, it was the most wonderful luck. I went in to have a kidney stone removed. If I had not done that, they would have never seen the cancer and I would have gone on my merry way while this thing was growing."And then, if I hadn't had the CAT scan that found the blood clots, I could have died on the operating table. So, all the way around, I've just been really blessed. It's an excellent year. I've apparently had these blood clots for a long time. But, for whatever reason, it's not my time. "Bruce just got elected to the Hall of Fame. We're building this wonderful new house and we're having [another] grandbaby in October and our [youngest son] is getting married in November. A lot of good things are happening." Not the least of which was this trip north. Sutter is from Lancaster, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, and the plan all along was to stop for a spell there on the voyage here. Sutter, now 56, has a ton of old friends and relatives whom he wanted to visit. A whopping 85 of them are in town and will be at the ceremony. "More than I could ever hope to see this weekend," he said. He has had a chance to gather with his fellow Hall of Famers, who, as usual, welcomed him with open arms into that select club of 260, including players, managers and executives. There has been some of the usual kidding and jiving. "They started on me a little bit yesterday," Sutter said. "We had a meeting and they asked me how long my speech was going to be. I told them it was going to be an hour-and-a-half. And one of them said: 'That was longer than you played.'" The line received big laughs from the gathered media, but the tone of the weekend for Sutter had months ago been set. It's about life, love and those closest to you, particularly on the day of a such a majestic event.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.