If there’s one nice thing about interleague play, it’s that the Mets will, more than likely, visit AL stadiums each season. I like this because it has allowed me to see the Mets play at US Cellular Field against the White Sox and just this past weekend, play in Detroit. I’m not actively trying to visit each Major League stadium, but it’s fun to visit new ones and check them off my unofficial list.
Originally Nik and I planned to go to two games against the Tigers but due to a lot of recent travel, and this being our sixth game in 19 (hot and sweaty) days, we decided on one game. And once we saw the probable pitchers, we knew it’d be the Jacob deGrom vs. Justin Verlander game on Friday. I bought seats in section 125 and I must’ve bought when Tigers.com fees were waived, because all I paid was a $2.50 fee for will call pick up.
I liked Comerica Park than I expected. There are tigers everywhere, literally: both main entrances; looking down from above those entrances; built into the exterior facade; atop the scoreboard and more places I’m probably overlooking. I liked the way they incorporated franchise history with displays around the concourse. The statues of retired players in the outfield was a nice touch too.
The first thing we did after arrive was take a ride on the ferris wheel. It’s totally cheesy and you really don’t see any special views, but I liked it none-the-less.
Following the ferris wheel, we dipped into beer hall where I bumped into my sister in snark Coop (click to read her Detroit recap) and her husband Ed. I knew they would be there and I’d see them at some point, but this specific time and place was not planned in advance.
Our seats were great. The netting was a little bit of pain for picture taking, but I still think I got some great pictures. Curtis Granderson’s family was a section over so it was fun to see them cheer for Curtis and the Mets. I also liked the view beyond the outfield of Detroit’s skyline, highlighted by the Detroit Athletic Club. Of note, after a Tigers home run and during the seventh inning stretch, there are “liquid fireworks” in centerfield.
The food at Comerica was meh, but there was a decent selection of Michigan beer throughout the stadium. Unfortunately the game wasn’t as good as it could have been with Noah on the mound. Other than a Kelly Johnson home run, there really wasn’t much to note about the offense. The final was 4-3, Tigers.
Other notes from the trip:
After arriving into Detroit, Nik and I headed to Slows Bar BQ for lunch. It was pretty good and quite filling.
We made stops at three Detroit breweries: Detroit Beer Company, located near the stadium; Motor City Brewing and Jolly Pumpkin both in the Midtown neighborhood. The latter two we went to after game. Jolly Pumpkin was probably my favorite of the three.
Before we left town on Saturday, we stopped at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Model T. I’m really glad we stopped here. Detroit has a big automotive history and the city has taken some economic hits, so it was nice to see that this place of history exists. During our visit, some of the space was set up for a wedding.
We also took a drive by the historic and vacant Michigan Central Station. Its Beaux-Arts style of architecture is my favorite.
Overall, it was a great trip, albeit a quick one. I’m not sure when my next baseball game will be, but hopefully the Mets can make the postseason and give us fans something to cheer about. [Full set of pictures here.]