While Absolute Michigan has been paying attention to efforts to save a portion of Tiger Stadium, I’d like to be absolutely clear in saying that Comerica Park is a gorgeous ballpark and I wouldn’t have the Detroit Tigers playing anywhere else! If you have any doubts, the above photo Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park by chinkon from our Absolute Michigan pool should erase them – what a view, especially at the larger size!
That said, Ernie Harwell’s plans for Tiger Stadium are very interesting and I really hope that they are fully explored. Here’s an update from today’s Freep that much of the initial money for an estimated $90-million renovation would come from local family foundations who have signaled their willingness to donate, with other funds from office leases and other revenue from the ballpark. The article also mentions the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, who have more modest plans to save about 1,000 seats, both dugouts, the visiting team’s locker room behind first base and a small portion of the stadium behind home plate and the first-base line.
I assume that readers of Absolute Michigan also follow Michigan in Pictures. In case you don’t, I thought I should tip you off to some photos from the book Tiger Stadium by Irwin J. Cohen (Arcadia Publishing) posted over there of the stadium and the 1968 World Series. There’s more photos of the Tigers & Tiger Stadium on Michigan in Pictures (including Tiger Stadium, in pictures).
While the Tigers have been struggling of late, a mini youth movement seems to be energizing the club. The team brought up phenom Cameron Maybin last week and also Jair Jurrjens, who (with a little help from a bullpen made even more formidable by the returning Joel Zumaya) notched a 2-1 victory over division rival Cleveland Indians in his Comerica debut.