Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tigers Fans Come to Life

I took my kids to Comerica Park last night, to watch the Tigers play the Twins. We were sitting in the Upper Deck, between third base and home plate. Decent seats for watching a game.

It rained on and off all day yesterday, but by the time the game started, the rain had cleared and it was a comfortable 60 degrees.

The Tigers started out slowly, falling behind 3-0 by the time they came to bat in the bottom of the third. The crowd seemed dead, quieted by over a decade of pathetic baseball. Craig Monroe singled to start off the inning, and one out later, he went to second on Curtis Granderson's single. The crowd started to come to life after Placido Polanco got a base hit, which drove in Monroe from second, and brought Pudge to the plate.

But it was a nervous cheer that was coming from the crowd, the kind that of cheer that his been tempered and dulled from lack of use over the years. It was as if the people in the ballpark had forgotten how to root for baseball.

Pudge singled in a second run, cutting the lead to 3-2, and after Ordon├ęz got out, Guillen walked to load the bases for Chris Shelton.

It seemed that the crowd finally remembered how to cheer for a baseball team. Now, the entire stadium was glued to every pitch. When Kyle Lohse, the Twins pitcher stepped off the mound, the crowd booed. The jeered him when he tossed over to first base, and they jumped up in excitement when Shelton hit a bases-clearing double that gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead.

The rally ended, and the crowd tried to go back to the way it had been before the rally, but from that point on, their was a bit more buzz in the year. There was excitement when Joel Zumaya ran out to the mound to take over in the seventh, and a feeling that he would get out of the bases loaded, no out jam he found himself in after walking the first hitter he faced. When he got Rondell White, the former Tiger, to line into an inning ending double play to Polanco, the crowd erupted again.

Detroiters are watching baseball again.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Only one thing to say about that: IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!

May 17, 2006 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come july 5 kiss it all goodbye

May 17, 2006 8:09 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

By that time they may be in last place in the central. For now, though, I am going to enjoy the ride, and hope it lasts all summer long.

And it is not all that difficult to follow your team from another country, since they invented this thing we call the Internet.

But even if I did have to kiss it all goodbye, it would be worth it.

May 18, 2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

In a day or two there won't be anything but baseball to watch.

May 18, 2006 1:47 AM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

If you end up cable or sattellite, it will also be very easy as both ESPN and FOX Sports Israel show a lot of baseball games and all of the playoffs. Of course, at playoff time, be ready to never sleep since all the games are shown live. But, they are rerunned the next day if you want. Well, you can always buy MLB's online Comcast package, and never miss a game. Don't listen to anon. If the Tigers move on, you won't miss a beat.

May 18, 2006 5:33 AM  
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