CLEVELAND - America has had a day now for the news to sink in that a true hero has passed away. Neil Armstrong's accomplishments changed our history and not just the feat of becoming the first man to walk on the moon.
Buzz Aldrin, Sunday, released a message on his Twitter account that said, "My friend Neil took the small step but giant leap that changed the world and will forever be remembered as a historic moment in human history."
Across the world and here at home, Armstrong's legacy was also being remembered at Progressive Field.
It just so happens Neil Armstrong's death came as the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Senator John Glenn's orbital flight. Glenn took the field to throw the first pitch, but not before saying a few words about his good friend.
"Neal was a great patriot, an activist in every sense of the word, and a close personal friend," said Sen. Glenn just before leading all of Progressive Field in a moment of silence.
Backstage at the stadium, Glenn talked about their bond that even included a friendly rivalry.
Glenn jokingly said, "I've never been an envious person but for Neil, I'll make an exception. I think people have looked up for tens of tens of thousands of years and wondered what it would be like if he could be up there, what if you could be on the moon."
That was the curiosity that struck Tim Kunsman, who was at Progressive Field Saturday. Only, he wasn't there for the game.
"The reason I even came to the ballpark to today was one: to see John Glenn throw out the first pitch; and the second one was to get Mike Forman's autograph," said Kunsman.
He waited for that autograph and just as promised, Kunsman was nowhere to be found after. But the same way this regular guy looked up to NASA's greats is the same way even two of NASA's own giants revered one another.
Glenn remembered his good friend saying, "His legacy will be one that is across the board in aeronautics and space and he wasn't one that was looking for the lime light or anything like that, quite the opposite... some people have said he was a recluse ... the Neil Armstrong I knew was anything but recluse. He was a lot of fun, jokes and so on and he was just a good friend. It's a big loss."