The Shoestring Catch

6/7 comerica park and tigers game
June 10, 2009, 5:39 pm
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Liam at Comerica Park

Liam at Comerica Park

Today was Kids Day at Comerica Park, so there were more ankle biters at the stadium than we have been accustomed to on this trip.  Honestly, I wish every day was Kids Day at every ballpark in America.  The more dads that take their 10 year old sons and daughters to the ballpark, the better off the sport (and America in general) will be.  On Kids Day at Comerica Park, children 14 and under are entitled to free face painting, free rides on the carousel and merry-go-round, a post game run-the-bases, and the chance to win one of four bicycles given away at different points throughout the game.  They also get a free promotional item.  This week the free promotional item was a Justin Verlander adjustable cap.  Eric really wanted one of those hats and even stooped as low as telling the vendor he was 16, but the cutoff was 14, and she wasn’t buying it anyway.

Comerica Park is just the latest in a string of really great ballparks we have visited.  There are awesome larger-than-life tiger statues outside the gates, the aforementioned carousel and merry-go-round for the kids, and great views of the field from all over the park.  We bought “obstructed view” seats because they were the cheapest, but they weren’t obstructed at all.  There was a metal railing in front of our seats, but I would have gladly paid extra for this convenient footrest.  The park, as well as most of downtown Detroit for that matter, was also very clean.

Chone Figgins hit a homerun to a little dip in the right field fence to leadoff the game.  I’m all for quirky ballpark dimensions, but this one really seems to have no point.  It’s not even aesthetically pleasing.  As of this posting, that “dinger” is Chone Figgins only homerun this season.  By making a cut in the wall like that, the Tigers are basically asking light-hitting leadoff men to embarrass them.

I was excited to get to see young fireballer Rick Porcello throw for the Tigers, but the hero of this game was pinch hitting reserve outfielder Clete Thomas.  His at bat music “Song of the South” seemed wildly inappropriate in the heart of Motor City, but no one seemed to care after he belted a game winning grand slam in the eighth inning.


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