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StaggerLee
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Tiger Stadium, where I saw my first couple of dozen professional sporting events is being torn down.
I remember as a kid being part of the Jason Thompson Fan club and getting 4 tickets to Tigers games as my reward for joining. Sitting in left field, watching Ron Leflore patrol Center, Trammel and Whitaker converting double plays, and an occasional Rick Leach sighting, was what my first games were all about.

It's sad that what I consider the second most beautiful stadium in the majors (just behind Yankee Stadium) is headed for the recycle bin.


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.14
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    ....Sitting in left field, watching Ron Leflore patrol Center, Trammel and Whitaker converting double plays, and an occasional Rick Leach sighting, was what my first games were all about.....


My dad took me to see the game in which Leach hit his first major league homer when I was a wee lad. I remembered thinking "Wow! Rick Leach is a god at football AND baseball." So, I was half-right.

It was cool to be in a stadium where you were right on top of the field. Even the "nosebleeds" were closer than half of the seats in Comerica Park.

    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    It's sad that what I consider the second most beautiful stadium in the majors (just behind Yankee Stadium) is headed for the recycle bin.


I whole-heartedly agree with your ranking, though it really has become an eyesore in the city as of late. I will miss it and will always have fond memories of MANY games there, but it was time to go. At least they're keeping the field, flagpoles and foulpoles.

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I can remember sitting in the left field seats, and having the field level be just above waist high. That was the coolest thing, like I was looking UP to the game.

That and the orange seats in right field. For some reason, I always thought that was the coolest looking thing ever.


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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    It's sad that what I consider the second most beautiful stadium in the majors (just behind Yankee Stadium) is headed for the recycle bin.

I agree that Tiger Stadium was certainly one of the most beautiful stadiums, but Yankee Stadium (in its current incarnation) is hopelessly overrated. You can see traces of its former splendor and magnificence and old pictures seem to bear out that it was stunning before Steinbrenner gutted the stadium. However, the stadium itself now is huge, impersonal and more a product of the cookie cutter designs of the 1970s than the truly amazing place it once was. Absolutely one of the most disappointing nights in my life was finally getting to go to Yankee Stadium and feeling completely let down. Maybe I'm just nuts or was expecting too much.

As far as beauty goes, give me Wrigley, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium and Safeco. I should point out that I've never been to Fenway so I can't include that in my rankings.
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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUU

Me: "Why are they booing him, he's a Tiger?"
Dad: "No, they're saying Lou."
Me: "Oh."


Too bad no one could ever come to terms on using the stadium for anything. I think the last thing was a Snoop concert during the Super Bowl, which was a good idea to open it up for that...

But they should have torn it down sooner to help the area out faster. Mexicantown is on an upswing, downtown is looking nicer now thanks to the new stadiums and I think this will help corktown continue to be developed now that tiger stadium is out of the way. Is the plan still to build apartments?
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    Originally posted by Dawg
    Mexicantown is on an upswing, downtown is looking nicer now thanks to the new stadiums...

Mmmmmm...Xochimilco enchiladas...mmmmm...
    Originally posted by Dawg
    ...and I think this will help corktown continue to be developed ...

Mmmmmm...Traffic Jam burgers....mmmm...


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I can't talk about this without getting incredibly angry. Very angry. Like, dangerous anger. It's a GIANT travesty the way the Rappin' Mayor and the City Council completely ignored every single "preserve some part of the stadium" plan to come their way because they were deadset on tearing down the stadium and bringing in the bucks from construction company contracts.

That said, as for memories, I loved the place. My family would take me throughout childhood, we'd go once a year but to each game in a series with the Indians. Because of that I still have trouble thinking of them as anything but a laughable franchise. We usually sat right near one of the infamous poles, but when we were at one of Cecil Fielder's "over the roof" homers we were right down the 3rd base foul line and had a great view of that thing as it soared. That's by far my best memory there.

(edited by BoromirMark on 11.7.08 1330)



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