Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Comerica Park

As I mentioned in my post yesterday (Detroit: A Twins Train Diary), I am breaking down my trip to Detroit as part of the Twins Train into a few different parts. Yesterday was a recap of the entire trip and many of the sites and sounds that the Train saw along the way. Today my focus will be our experience at the games and the good, the bad, and the ugly of Comerica Park.

The Good

Comerica Park is a beautiful stadium and I hope everyone gets a chance to visit the field at some point in their life. There are many similarities between Target Field and Comerica Park. There is a nice view of the Detroit skyline over the right field fence. There didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. There were many attractions to been seen throughout the ball park. From the championship flags in center field, the stainless steel statues of Tiger greats, or the Walk of Fame through the main concourse the rich history of Tigers baseball was on display in every corner of the field.

The Bad

Comerica Park had many positives but there were some things that detracted from my experience at the game. I may have been spoiled by the new scoreboard at Target Field, but the scoreboard at Comerica Park was pretty lame. The screens on the scoreboard were small and only one of them was an HD screen. Also they didn't have the new Twins logo. They were still using the Twins logo from last year. The beer selection was odd. They seemed to have a weird fixation with Labatt Blue in the city of Detroit. Beer prices were about the same as Target Field but I was still surprised by the selections that they offered.

The Ugly

THE FANS!!! I know it wasn't all of the fans. Maybe we just got unlucky and ended up in a bad section for back to back games. It also didn't help that the Twins didn't show up to play in either of the games that we attended. The fans would heckle us for anything that they could think of. I have been at plenty of home Twins games where there have been opposing fans near me and I don't think I have ever heard the fans start to heckle the fans of the opposing team. Maybe it is the Midwest attitude of Twins fans but for the most part the Detroit fans were not some of my favorite of all time. (As a side note: There were fans that were very pleasant to us and glad that we came to spend money in their city. One bad egg can spoil the whole batch.)

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A quick side not on the biggest story of the day, the passing of George Steinbrenner. I have never been a Steinbrenner fan or a fan of the Evil Empire, the Yankees. Saying that he did help to bring baseball to the point that it is at. I might not have liked some of the tactics that he took to get baseball to this point but without him baseball would be a completely different game. Anytime an icon of the sport passes away it allows us to sit back and reflect on our own lives. Baseball is just a game. Rest in peace, Mr. Steinbrenner.

2 comments:

sportsdude89 said...

Hey I live in Michigan just North of Detroit City! I was also @ the 2 games that the Twins lost at Comerica Park just before the break!

I wondered if anyone else noticed that they had the old logo on the scoreboard. I saw it at a game in April and just figured they would change that by July, wishful thinking I guess!

I agree with you on the fact about the fans being really rude, I hate to break it to you but they are always like that. But I love pissing them off by wearing my Twins stuff all around town everyday!

NoDak Twins Fan said...

The fans disappointed me but the great thing is you can wear your jersey around right now and ask Tigers fans how they are doing :-P Hopefully the Twins continue this hot streak and the Tigers continue to move in the opposite direction. Go Twins!