As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to break down my recent ballpark trip into four installments, with each post focused on one city and stadium.
Two friends of mine from high school and I arrived in Detroit on Aug. 4 and caught the Aug. 5 game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Comerica Park was the first destination on the Detroit stop. The exterior of that stadium was as impressive as any ballpark that I’ve ever been to.
It was all about the details for me. I loved the little Tigers-style gargoyles that appeared on the outer walls of the park. And the giant tigers that sat in front of the park were really cool.
And the stadium, like many newer parks, does a great job of honoring its history. A statue of broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell, who passed away a few years ago, greets those entering the main entrance into the stadium.
Out in left field, statue of Tigers greats like Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg are all in a row and are popular with tourists.
The interior of the stadium is nice, but big. I’m the type that prefers the right-on-top-of-the-action build of Target Field as opposed to the more spread-out Comerica Park. Others might favor Comerica though, and I wouldn’t blame for it.
And the game, of course, was outstanding, probably the best on the trip. The Tigers had a golden opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning but squandered it. Then in the 10th, Cleveland scored three runs to take the lead, only to have Detroit rally with five in the bottom half to win in walk-off fashion. Miguel Cabrera‘s two-run, game-winning homer capped a great afternoon of baseball.
A couple of restaurant/bar stops outside Comerica that seem to be popular are Hockeytown Cafe and a restaurant that is named for Chris Chelios. Went to Hockeytown Cafe after the game and will give it the seal of approval.
A walk through the streets of Detroit near the ballpark didn’t yield too much excitement. You didn’t have to go far to find boarded-up businesses. Really a shame to not see that area flourishing more than it was. The people of Detroit were very friendly throughout the trip.
We stopped at the Henry Ford Museum quickly on Monday, Aug. 6, before hitting the road again for Cleveland. The Ford Museum had a lot more to it than just cars. All sorts of American history chronicled within those walls. Definitely worth checking out. The best part of the museum for me: The Presidential vehicles housed there. Very cool!
Check back tomorrow for my Cleveland write-up.