WELL…THERE IT GOES!

I REALLY HATE MONDAYS!

I REALLY HATE MONDAYS!

With a mighty crash, baseball died this week at The Corner.  Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:21 am.  The last bit of Tiger Stadium in Detroit fell into rubble.  The end had been coming for some time now, but it still resonates with a certain melancholy sadness to think that a once-mighty baseball stadium will soon be an open field.  I’m not going to get into what could have been, or what should have been, I’m just going to say that it’s gone and many people will miss the old park.  I will, and I only attended ONE GAME there.  I can’t imagine what it’s like for those who spent their childhood there with friends and family in the glory days of Kaline and Lolich.  Or how about Gibson, Trammell and Whitaker?  Just like those players and their seasons, the park is no more than a memory now.  And time marches on.

SO IT GOES…

DETROIT, MICHIGAN SUMMER 2008.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN SUMMER 2008.

I traveled to the site of Tiger Stadium every time I visited Detroit over the last few years as best I could.  Every time I went back, there was less of the old park there to greet  me.  Now, I’m not sure if I want to go back.  The next time I see the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, there will be NOTHING there.  That will seem weird if not downright stifling.  It’s just a sign of the continued passing of time and how the world changes.

I have looked at old pictures and spoken with those in the know, and I have to say Detroit must have been one helluva city in it’s day.  Great architecture, arts, nightlife, industry.  It makes you wonder how it all happened.  Now those former busy buildings stand in silent ruin and disrepair with empty floors and open windows and no life.  Where did everybody go?

GO TIGERS GO!

A BIG BOY OF SUMMER IN "D" TOWN.

A BIG BOY OF SUMMER IN "D" TOWN.

But now, the Tigers are in first place and could pull it off if they keep trying.  I’ve been to Comerica Park three times this year, and each time, the Tigers won!  It’s a great place to watch a ball game.  Very easy to move about with good seats and lines of sight.  It’s new, clean and modern…you certainly couldn’t say that about Tiger Stadium in it’s later years!  At least the city hasn’t lost the Tigers.  The crowds are strong and the team is good and I guess that’s what matters in today’s Major League Baseball world.

But wouldn’t it be nice to sit in those Tiger Stadium seats one more time and have a cold brew and a fresh hot dog and cheer on the Motor City’s boys of summer just one more time?

PLAY BALL!

-Walt