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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-20-06 02:09 PM
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A good article about Tiger Stadium in USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/tigers/2006-...

Even though I disagree about it being town down.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-20-06 03:17 PM
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1. I'm sitting at my desk getting all choked up.
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-20-06 04:43 PM
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2. Great article
There's something about the old parks that can never be replaced. I went to see the Tigers play Boston in Fenway a couple years ago and just being in that park where all that history has taken place is an almost spiritual experience. My immeidate reaction was, man I miss the old Tiger Stadium.

Nothing against the new park. It's nice. I like Comerica and I've had some wonderful experiences there this summer. It doesn't feel as much like a brand new strip mall as it used to in previous seasons. There's finally some magic there. That's because the fans are back and it's the community that really creates the social experience, not the building. I remember being in Catholic school and being taught that the church wasn't a building, and it was the people who made up the church. It's kinda like that.

I'm inclined to agree with Willie Horton. Rather than let the stadium just fall into disrepair and be something that makes us feel sad to see when we drive by it on the freeway, as odd as this sounds, we should tear it down out of respect for what it was. I'd rather see it remembered as a living vibrant stadium, than become an empty building that's a dilapidated eyesore.




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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:11 AM
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3. I know what you mean, I drove by it a couple of times last week
Work took me on Michigan Avenue, and I drove by it. It's sad to see it falling apart before our eyes. It would be better at this point to tear it down. Otherwise, it will rot like Hudson's and end up getting torn down in the long run.

It is too bad there is not a Big Ten school in Detroit that could use it, or a way to gut the inside, preserve the outside and use it for a different purpose.

The rumor I heard is that it will be torn down for Walmart.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:37 AM
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4. Check out my Tiger Stadium website
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 07:37 AM
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5. I'd rather see them tear down Comerica.
:grr:
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 10:17 AM
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6. An even better article
What do you do with an old park?
By Jim Caple
Page 2
Monday, October 23, 2006
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story...caple/tige...

DETROIT -- A Tiger Stadium security guard says they hear ghosts in the old ballpark at night and I believe him. The Tigers haven't played a game here in seven years and yet I can still see all the former players clearly as I gaze down at the field.

I see Ty Cobb spiking opponents and Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker turning double plays in the infield. I see Al Kaline chasing down fly balls across the broad green outfield and Hank Greenberg and Cecil Fielder crashing home runs onto the rooftop. I hear Mark Fidrych whispering to baseballs, Jack Morris snarling at opponents and Ernie Harwell broadcasting the games out to the radios in the Fords and Chevrolets and Studebakers throughout the state.

I see and hear all this and I don't know whether to cry with happiness at seeing a cherished old friend again or to cry with sorrow that this can't last.

What do you do with an old ballpark after the team leaves?

While the Tigers played their first World Series in 22 years over the weekend, I went to the famous corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the location for all of the Tigers' previous World Series. I'm very fortunate. So few people are allowed into Tiger Stadium that when I tell Ray Formosa, who runs the Brooks Lumber Co. across the street, that I'm taking a tour, he replies: "I figured they must have Osama bin Laden in there."
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