20 Years Later: A Brand New Place in Detroit
Tuesday, September 5, 2000
Anaheim Angels vs. Detroit Tigers
Starting Pitchers: Matt Wise vs. Brian Moehler
Time of Game: 2 hours 47 minutes
Final Score: Tigers 7, Angels 5
We woke up in Canada with our sights locked upon the Motor City. Our stop would be a personal first. At the time, I had never attended a baseball game in a stadium during its inaugural season. Change was in the air. The Detroit Tigers packed up and moved out of Tiger Stadium following the 1999 season and called Comerica Park home at the beginning of the 2000 season.
On our way back to the United States, we watched a documentary about Ty Cobb, arguably the most famous player in Tigers history. Arguably the worst human being in baseball history, too. He was a drunk, a racist and quite simply a jerk. Despite all that, he still ranks number two all-time with career hits. Only Pete Rose has more.
Just like in Baltimore, Jay told us we had special stop upon our arrival in Detroit. When the bus stopped, we visited Tiger Stadium. I couldn't help but think that if the Cubs could have won one more game in the 1984 playoffs against the San Diego Padres, they would have played the Tigers here in the World Series. I believe the little 10-year-old inside me stomped his foot in protest. Also, the last time the Cubs did play in the World Series was 1945 and they did play the Tigers, only to lose four games to three.
Since our game wasn't until 7:05 p.m., we were given two options to spend the day. We could visit the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village. I spent the afternoon roaming around the Henry Ford Museum looking at vintage and classic cars.
When we arrived at the game, I took a walk around the main concourse. What a unique ballpark. There was a carousel inside Comerica Park. The place was adorned with statues of tigers and tiger heads. Quite honestly, the place was beautiful. As the sun started to set, the temperature dropped quite considerably. Fortunately, I did have a heavy sweatshirt in my luggage. I made it this far without needing it.
As the game rolled along, I started to realize that the trip was ending soon. Though we still had one more game at Comiskey Park, Comerica Park was the last of the new parks for me. Despite logging quite a few miles, the time had raced by so quickly. By the late innings of the game, the temperature had dropped more. I spent a decent penny on hot chocolate.
Following the game, we packed up and headed for our final hotel. This time we stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Belleville, Michigan. One more stop and we'd back for one final day of the trip at home in Chicago.
Next stop: Chicago's Comiskey Park (Rangers vs. White Sox)