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Sic transit gloria baseball in Detroit
2006-06-16 15:43
by Bob Timmermann

Detroit mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick announced today in the Detroit Free Press his plans to demolish Tiger Stadium, while preserving the field.

Kirkpatrick wishes to put a ring of housing and retail around the field, which would be preserved as a community baseball field.

The plan still has to clear a lot of hurdles before it goes through. Tiger Stadium has not been in use since the 1999 season.

2006-06-16 16:11:20
1.   Ken Arneson
I'm glad I got to go there once, before it was closed. Great atmosphere for a ballgame.
2006-06-16 16:40:08
2.   Bob Timmermann
My one game was somewhat terrifying. I moved up for an inning to the upper deck and I realized how close it was to the field.

Troy Percival was pitching and the Tigers hitters were fouling everything straight back. I felt like I was strafed by baseballs.

2006-06-16 17:36:20
3.   DXMachina
I never got the chance to get to Detroit to see a game, which saddens me. I've seen the outside of Wrigley, but it was March, so no game that day. Later that same year ('91) I happened to drive by new Comiskey Park while they were tearing down the old park, where my grandfather used to take my mom and aunt to games. All that was left was the scoreboard. And the Cubs were out of town.

On the other hand, I did see a game at the Polo Grounds, and a couple in pre-refurb Yankee Stadium. And I went to a Beach Boys/Poco concert at Roosevelt Stadium before they tore it down.

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