Saturday, May 7 – Rangers 10, Tigers 5. If you’re a cat person, you’ll love Comerica Park. Tiger statutes and images are everywhere—and they’re not the friendly Tony-the-Tiger version. Large fierce tigers surround the main entrance, seemingly ready to pounce from the tops of walls. Kids ride tigers, not horses, on a carousel.
Access: An easy morning drive from west of Toronto brought me to Comerica Park, where I thought perhaps on-premises parking was available. But that was just for the regulars, so I went a half-block away to an indoor lot for $26. Other than typical post-game traffic backup, the exit to a nearby freeway Cleveland-bound was easy.
Seats/pricing: My upper deck, row B seat between first base and home plate offered a fine view. But at $39.00, it didn’t come close to making my “good deal” list.
View: The view past the center field scoreboard is typical for in-town park: tall buildings. He intriguing views are inside. In addition to th carousel, there is a small ferris wheel where the seats are inside baseballs.
Food: The most interesting spot was Big Cat Court, a section off the first-level concourse with the carousel in the center and a variety of neighborhood-themed food booths around the perimeter. I opted for the Greektown offerings. The lamb gyro was good; I also got the Topped Fries, featuring a generous topping of lamb, tomatoes, peppers and sour cream because they were so distinctive and even though I’m not a big fries guy. But they were delicious for the taste, though maybe not for the waist.
Beer: Mass market $8.50, premium $9.75, Michigan craft $10.00.
Crowd: 35,551. Several thousand season ticket holders got a pre-game opportunity to go on the field, hear some remarks, and get some in-person tips from Tigers’ players and coaches. The excitement grew when the Tigers overcame a first-inning 2-0 deficit and went ahead 5-2 in the fourth on Ian Kinsler’s two-run homer. The crowd remained active throughout, even to the ninth inning when the Tigers loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the on-deck circle. Typical for a Saturday day game, there were lots and lots of kids. After “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the seventh inning sing-along of “Sing Me A Song” got much enthusiastic participation.
Men’s Rooms: Clean.
Neighborhood: The park is next door to the NFL Detroit Lions’ stadium. There are numerous old churches close at hand. Some bars, restaurants, and theatres, together with the park and stadium, seem an effort to revitalize an area that had gone way downhill.
Arts and visuals: Excellent sculptures of Al Kaline, Hal Newhouser, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Ty Cobb, and Willie Horton line an elevated walkway behind the right field seats.
Baseball Moment: The Rangers blasted five homers. Adrian Beltre’s pair of two-run shots tied the score in the sixth and put the Rangers comfortably ahead in the seventh.