I visited Comerica Park the day after my visit to Progressive Field during my All-American Roadtrip. Detroit is a mess, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but the stadium area was just teeming with people on this game day afternoon. I'm glad it was an afternoon game though since I was in the city by myself and it has a rough reputation. But everything went fine!
The first thing I noticed about the ballpark is the plethora of tigers. They are all over the outside of the ballpark and it's a little weird but it looks awesome!
Very intimidating tiger
I got the cheapest ticket I could, which is my normal strategy for random ballpark games, and found my seat. I had a pretty good view of the whole field!
I struck up a conversation with the guy next to me, who turned out to be former Major League player Tom Ragland!! I wish I'd gotten a photo with him - he was really great. So friendly, so full of information, and just so happy to be at the ballpark watching his Tigers play. He even showed me his baseball card that he had in his wallet! It was a really great experience watching a ballgame with a former pro - I feel like I learned a lot about the way the game is played and also about the soul of baseball. He was really surprised that a girl from Louisiana was in Detroit alone to watch a baseball game, just to watch a game in a new ballpark. I think maybe he was also a bit impressed.
This Detroit game went on FOREVER. It was easily the longest 9 inning game I've ever been to. Game time was 4 hours and 1 minute. I have no idea why it went so slow but it just dragged. I saw this game on Trade Deadline Day, and in the 7th, they stopped the game to pull Austin Jackson out of center field. I joked to Tom saying "he must have gotten traded" but it turns out he did get traded. Jackson and the day's starting pitcher Drew Smyly had both been traded in a 3 team deal.
There's even tigers on the scoreboard!
I really enjoyed my game at Detroit even if it was 4 hours and I got sunburnt. It was a good end to the baseball part of my roadtrip!