Nothing but Flowers
Slideshow of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit.→
[More:]Saw a game here once, memorably, when I was 25 and spending the summer in Michigan. It was the 4th of July, a really hot dry day, en evening game, and we drove into Detroit and parked. The stadium was loud and large and in the center of the most blown-out urban landscape I've ever seen - acres of empty lots full of broken glass and weeds. We walked a few blocks, passing a totally abandoned Gothic church with every piece of stained glass broken. But the stadium was filling up -t was a ballgame! We had bleacher seats, meaning that we were featured on the JumboTron as "Bleacher Creatures," and we drank warm expensive lousy beer and ate snacks. The game was against the Mariners, and a sudden rain squall soaked the field somewhere around the end of the 7th, but it passed and the game continued, wetly. The Tigers blew an early lead and looked like they were going to go down, but in the bottom of the 8th they got 2 runs in and stole it back
, ending the game 8-6. Man, was the crowd happy about that. We stayed in our seats for an after-game fireworks show, which was set off from the field. It was a great show, featuring these spinning pinwheels that emitted showers of sparks, and the most dramatic moment came when one of the pinwheels shot right off its base and went zooming straight into the stands. And nobody got hurt!