Tiger Stadium

Discussion in 'Writing' started by tigerbob, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. tigerbob
    Offline

    tigerbob Increasingly jaded.

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6,225
    Thanks Received:
    971
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    Michigan
    Ratings:
    +972
    Don't know if any of you ever watched a baseball game at old Tiger Stadium, but I loved the place. The new stadium (Comerica Park) is OK, but TS was awesome.

    TS was located in the Corktown district of downtown Detroit, with the main entrance at the corner of 2 streets - 'Michigan' and 'Trumbull', hence the name of the poem. It was a really crappy area. Imagine the stereotype of downtown Detroit then put a baseball park in the middle of it, and you've nailed it.

    I was watching a Tigers game last year and posted this on the Tigers message board. Amazing how easy it is to write something if you really have a passion for it.


    Looking back through the years to days way back when
    We have so many memories to treasure
    Of great Tiger teams that our parents knew well
    And the thoughts of which still give us pleasure
    So just one more time let us cast our thoughts back
    To the place where these greats would assemble
    Men like Ty Cobb and Gehringer, Kaline and Kell,
    At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

    A few beers early, in the ‘Batter’s Box’ bar,
    Then the walk ‘cross the road to the turnstiles
    Gazing up at the big ‘Tiger Stadium’ sign
    That turned anyone’s sadness to smiles.
    Then across Tiger Plaza and on up the ramps,
    But with sunglasses on you might stumble -
    It was dark as the underworld under the stands
    At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

    Emerging from darkness, the emerald green bluegrass
    Was the first thing you’d see when you entered
    Three-twenty five to right and three-forty to left
    And the flagpole, four-forty, in center.
    You’d be transported back to a different age
    It was easy to feel very humble
    The first time you saw that cathedral of baseball
    At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

    From a seat up in bleacher beach, sun cream in hand,
    It was just the most beautiful sight
    Or for something more shady then nowhere was better
    Than the couch in the overhang in right
    Vendors with sodas and 2 kinds of beer
    And then if your stomach should rumble
    You could feast on steamed hot dogs, the best in the world,
    At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

    The pop as the first pitch was caught for a strike
    Would echo to all parts of the stands
    In brilliant white uniforms with old English D’s:
    Detroit’s boys of summer, and their fans.
    As a ball was popped foul for a fan’s souvenir
    You could hear Ernie Harwell’s voice grumble
    “And a young man from Lansing will take that one home”
    From the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

    But the memories are fading, just like the blue paint
    And someday they’ll tear it all down
    Now the Tigers have moved to Comerica Park
    And there’ll be no more baseball in Corktown
    But we’ll always remember with fondness and pride,
    Even when the old ballpark has crumbled,
    All our heroes, and the pennants and rings that they won
    At the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
     
  2. midcan5
    Offline

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    10,790
    Thanks Received:
    2,367
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +3,300
    Very nice. I too remember our city ballpark, they have tried to revive some of that old time baseball in Baltimore and our own new stadium. Today, we have several minor league stadiums that bring back a baseball that is less commercial, a time when the players only drug was a cold beer. Boy, how I loved those dogs at the park.
     
  3. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,547
    Thanks Received:
    4,854
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,394
    Most minor league stadiums I've seen are VERY commercial. Not only are they sponsored just like big league stadiums, but usually a minor league outfield wall is nothing but advertisements.
     
  4. Toro
    Offline

    Toro Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    50,764
    Thanks Received:
    11,054
    Trophy Points:
    2,030
    Location:
    The Big Bend via Riderville
    Ratings:
    +25,090
    I watched a game at the old Tigers Stadium. We were behind the third base dugout, and my friends seat was directly behind a beam. It was great. Got to chat up the players wives!
     
  5. onedomino
    Offline

    onedomino SCE to AUX

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2004
    Messages:
    2,677
    Thanks Received:
    474
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Ratings:
    +476
    I have been to Camden Yards to see the Yankees play the Birds. It is an outstanding ballpark with a great atmosphere. Even though it is relatively new, Camden Yards reminds me a little of Wrigley Field. It is great that the park is located within walking distance of the harbor, which is another attractive area.
     
  6. midcan5
    Offline

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2007
    Messages:
    10,790
    Thanks Received:
    2,367
    Trophy Points:
    245
    Location:
    Philly, PA
    Ratings:
    +3,300
    True, but the commercial is more like the old fields with ads around outfield and not behind the batter electronically changing. Someone's gotta pay the bills.
     
  7. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,547
    Thanks Received:
    4,854
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,394
    Doesn't really matter where the ads are. Commercial is commercial. You can watch a minor league game on TV, and just like big league games, there will even be commentator talking points that are sponsored. you know, like "Today's Chevrolet Keys to the Game".
     
  8. tigerbob
    Offline

    tigerbob Increasingly jaded.

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6,225
    Thanks Received:
    971
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    Michigan
    Ratings:
    +972
    I believe that that was the plan in Detroit (to make it somewhat 'old time'). If so, it failed. It's nice enough, but there's so much less atmosphere (or rather there was before the '06 season).

    Never been to Camden Yards, but as I'm now moving back to the US I'll get to as many parks as I can over the next several years. Already got my season tix for the Tigs this year.

    Incidentally, the first ball I ever caught at a ballpark was hit by an Oriole - Brady Anderson.
     
  9. LA RAM FAN
    Offline

    LA RAM FAN Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2008
    Messages:
    20,772
    Thanks Received:
    919
    Trophy Points:
    205
    Ratings:
    +2,753
    being a royals fan I went to the final series to watch the final series played there before they closed it. Great for me that it was against the royals.didnt see the final game but got to go in the stadium to see of the series finals played there before they shut it down,great experience.Comerican park sucks,blow that place up.:sad: Im going to yankee stadium this year to see yankess stadium before they close it down this year.
     
  10. Paulie
    Offline

    Paulie Platinum Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    31,547
    Thanks Received:
    4,854
    Trophy Points:
    1,130
    Ratings:
    +15,394
    Dude, your punctuation, grammar, and context are ALL messed up. I mean, usually I don't pick on typing, but it's almost impossible to understand what you just said.
     

Share This Page