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Old Tiger Stadium came down

by Willy / June 23, 2009 7:15 AM PDT

I happen to be in Detroit and passed by the old stadium. For a moment I was sad. It really hit me for a second. It was there I went to my 1st professional anything game with Dad. Went a few times more as a kid and only then later much later with friends over the yrs.. It's what baseball is all about. The new stadium is more of human filing system for fans. Not in no way gets the feel of what the old stadium did. Its not the emotional thing either, it just has that different feel. If you could sit on the grass it would be perfect. I hardly go to any professional games anymore, they hardly make you feel at home, though the game itself can be exciting. The only enjoyment I get now is visiting the Mud Hens stadium back home, AAA ball. Of course, if i could afford the beer and dogs, I would be very happy. Shocked play ball -----Willy Happy

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I hate this obsession with new stadia
by Ziks511 / June 23, 2009 10:48 AM PDT

People like continuity, why do you think they visit the Pyramids or Rome or Athens, or all those castles in Europe. My sports obsessed friend who owns a seat from the original Comiskey Park, and with whom I worked to restore a 4some of seats from the old Maple Leaf Baseball Stadium. I think that the old Maple Leaf Ball club was a Minor League team for the Yankees, but I'd have to consult with Michael to get the details. It looks quite nice in its new coat of Hunter Green.

Anyway, there's talk that the Toronto Jays will be getting a new stadium when the current one works perfectly and will involve the demolition of huge amounts of poured reinforced concrete, and the Toronto Convention Centre which is attached to it. Not to mention that all these ball clubs want large chunks of money from their cities, states and who knows, the Federal Government. It's a scam, I say, it's a scam. Leave us our old ball parks which have furnished our memories for 50+ years in my memory. I don't remember the Boston Braves, but I certainly remember the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Milwaukee Braves, and the Kansas City Athletics.

Rob

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I remember a Tigers game in late June 1984.
by Paul C / June 27, 2009 8:15 AM PDT

I was stationed in the upper LP, and a bunch of us decided to scoot down to Detroit after the Tigers' 35-5 start and see what was going on there. Al Kaline hit a couple of serious home runs - the second one wound up in the upper deck in right field - and everyone went wild when Willie Hernandez came in to finish the affair.

The stadium was a dump then, I'm afraid to say...

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