Sunday, August 15, 2010

Midwest Trip Photos = Detroit, Day 4

After a few hours of sleep following a day of 2 baseball games in 2 states, we were back on the road, this time to Detroit, MI. However, given the intense storm of the previous night, we were pretty much stuck on said road. Details below.
About 8am: it's a parking lot on "east"bound I-90 in Chicago

It took us 3 hours to go less than 8 miles

With the freeway flooded up ahead, traffic was diverted to city streets... and the powers that be failed to instruct drivers where to go from there

Finally moving, we see a McDonalds smack in the middle of the freeway, about 2 miles before the Indiana state line

Briefly entering Indiana...

...before crossing into Michigan

Ye olde Cracker Barrel

What now? Our simple trip to Detroit was anything but.

Fortunately, we were among the first on the scene following the accident, and managed to get through with minimal trouble

Skies over Michigan

Welcome to Detroit

Church near Comerica Park

Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers

BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! BOO I SAY!!!!!

Note the Big Pavelski t-shirt = I'm always up for a hockey scrap

There was a distinct feline motif about the place

Meow...

The area around Comerica... curiously not bombed-out looking, as we were had expected (those views were a 10-minute walk away)

Ty Cobb plaque, seen on our walk around Comerica

Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions, is directly behind Comerica

I teach my third-graders about Jewish-ball player Hank Greenberg (it's one of my favorite CA-curriculum reading stories)

Chris Chelios' chili bar has several locations in Detroit, including a prime one next to Comerica. Way too packed to go inside, sadly.

We finally head inside

Statue of the recently deceased Ernie Harwell

They actually have a merry-go-round inside Comerica Park

An approximate view from our section

Looking over Detroit from the upper concourse

Hmmm... considering the Tigers were playing the Blue Jays, I had to pick a side. Toronto is in the Yankees' division, plus they're Canadian. I don't vote Canadian.

Patrick is all smiles at our third ballpark in 30 hours

God -- keep -- your land / Stan -- ley -- Cup free...

Miguel Cabrera at first for the Tigers

Vernon Wells batting for Toronto

Two wild and crazy guys

Detroit skyline from our seats

Whoa!

Quite the sunset

Johnny Damon pinch hits, having missed out on starting due to a flu bug

No dice...

Blue Jays win 3-2, but the crowd sticks around for Saturday evening fireworks

Between my Pavelski shirt and Patrick's old-school Brewers cap, we exude Wisconsin. Dairy state in the house.

Fireworks set up in the outfield

(Both this photo and the next come courtesy of Patrick's awesome camera)



BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! AGAIN I SAY BOOOOOO!!!!

En route to Toledo, OH, we stopped at ye olde White Castle. Because it was there. (Burp....)
Next up = Pittsburgh, PA. To be continued...

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