Last Friday I mentioned I was going to that evening's Tigers/White Sox matchup in Detroit, and though it turned out to be a damp, rainy affair, I had a great time. Some highlights:
I went with a few co-workers and one who regularly attends games suggested we park in the Ford Field parking deck right next door, which turned out to be a fantastic bit of advice. We entered near left field, the first time I've done that, and I took advantage by getting shots of the statues in the left-center outfield area:
Though we had just a few minutes to get up to our seats way up and behind home plate towards first base, I made sure to snag a quick pic of that evening's starter, Max Scherzer:
Here's a view of the scoreboard, which was almost directly across from my seat. A few minutes before game time it was cloudy and sprinkling a bit, but the temperature was still pretty nice, all things considered:
Here's Max throwing the game's first pitch, a strike to Chicago leadoff man Alejandro De Aza:
The Sox would strike first with a run that inning, but the Tigers' bats were roaring in response. Here's one of several instances where Detroit had ducks on the pond:
As I said I had a nice view from my seats, and I believe this was also my first Comerica Park night game, so I got a few shots of the skyline, including this one, in which you can see some of the rain that was steadily falling the entire game:
One reason I tried to attend this game was its "Wolverines in the D" promotion, which I believe was partly to raise money for a charity or cause. I missed it but a couple former Wolverine cagers threw out the first pitch, then I did catch the UM men's glee club singing the national anthem. I mention all that because one of the items that flashed across the changing GM Building's sign was the Michigan logo:
He wasn't with the Tigers when I went to a game earlier this year, but I did get to see Nick Castellanos pinch hit for Victor Martinez later in the game. He went 0-1, but I look forward to seeing him in-person even more next year.
The rain was constant in terms of presence, and variable in terms of intensity. Though there wasn't much of a real threat of the game being delayed or called, I think we all breathed a sigh of relief when the game became official. Lots of people left in the early innings, and the stadium felt almost empty towards the end. I don't remember what inning it was when I took this, but it got even emptier, to give you an idea:
With the blowout on, Detroit went with Luke Putkonen for the last three outs. I believe this is the final batter of the game, which would have been Alexei Ramirez. The crowd that remained made a good deal of noise in anticipation of the history we would soon be part of:
Maxwell's silver banner! Max was quality again, going six innings while allowing three runs on six hits, a walk, and one home run; he struck out three. Former Tiger Avasail "Mini Miggy" Garcia did the most damage with a fourth inning two-run shot, but thanks to the Tigers' 12 runs, the game wasn't in doubt for long. What an accomplishment for Scherzer, who's simply taken his game to a new level this year and stepped up to fill in the void left by Verlander's off year.
While player-of-the-game Torii Hunter (4-5, 3 RBI and 2 runs) was interviewed, the grounds crew hustled to get the tarp on the field, and we got outta dodge, fortunately without a ton of traffic to deal with!
Once again I had a blast, and I'm happy to say I went two-for-two at regular season games this year. I may even have a chance to attend at least one playoff game, so if I do, watch for news and a recap here!