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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Detroit Tigers

Comerica Park is named after a bank. I guessed it was an insurance company. Not much difference, I suppose. Tiger Stadium was once called Briggs. That was named after a former owner of the club. Before that it was Navin Field, named after the protagonist in The Jerk (that may not be 100 percent accurate, but I don’t want to find out I’m wrong).

While it’s not the much-beloved stadium it replaced, Comerica is a nice little ballpark in the heart of the city. I went to a game there with the youngest Unacceptable boy a few years back. He didn’t ride the ferris wheel, but he did come home with an ugly Miggy T-shirt.

It originally played as a significant pitcher’s park, but the Tigers caved and pulled in the left field fence. That was a questionable move strategically and an unquestionably crappy one aesthetically.

Ballpark History

Built: 2000
Capacity:41,299
Name: Comerica Park 2000-present. 
Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Tiger Stadium (aka Briggs Stadium, Navin Field) 1912-1999; Burns Park (Sunday games only) 1901-02; Bennett Park 1901-11). 
Distinctive Features:The throwback strip of dirt leading from home to the pitcher’s mound; tremendous skyline views beyond the outfield walls; centerfield fountain; grandstand ferris wheel and carousel, undoubtedly earning Sugar Bear’s eternal ire; lotsa Tigers.

Ballpark Highlights:

Brian Moehler earned a 5-2 victory in the first game at Comerica, which served as a bookend to his winning decision in the final game at Tigers Stadium six months earlier. That’s kind of cool.

In Game 161 of the 2003 season, the Minnesota Twins handed the Tigers a 9-8 defeat, the Tigers’ AL record 119th loss of the season.

In Game 2 of the World Series, the first played in Detroit in 22 years, Kenny Rogers tossed eight shutout innings in a 3-1 victory, running his 2006 postseason scoreless streak to 23 innings.

In 2007, Justin Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher in 55 years to throw a no-hitter at home when he beat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers 4-0.

In 2009, hometown embarrassment Kid Rock was the headliner in a bill that included the previously dead Lynyrd Skynyrd and one-time Simpsons guests, Cypress Hill.  The nation wept.


Selections to Date
San Francisco Giants - China Basin

Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington

San Diego Padres - Mission Field

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

Washington Nationals - Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays - Suncoast Dome

Philadelphia Phillies - Citizens Park

Seattle Mariners - Cascadia Field

Pittsburgh Pirates - Allegheny Park

Kansas City Royals -Kauffman Stadium

New York Mets - Willets Point

Los Angeles Angels - Autry Field

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium

SoSH U at work Posted: March 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 14, 2018 at 09:21 AM (#5637703)
Jungaleers Lair
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5637742)
Red Line Field

Back when I worked in the telecom field, I would occasionally have to coordinate the activities of several drive teams each with multiple phones and laptops driving around during the overnight hours testing the performance of mobile phone networks. I did this all around the country and Detroit was the only place where the local engineers gave us marked-up maps with the advice, "For their safety, don't send your drivers into these areas."
   3. eddieot Posted: March 14, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5637754)
Hey, hey ... diss Kid Rock all you want but have some respect for Cypress Hill. Not sure why they would be on that bill but they clearly outclassed the headliners. And being on a Simpsons episode is not a negative.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: March 14, 2018 at 10:58 AM (#5637768)
And being on a Simpsons episode is not a negative.


"C'mon people, somebody ordered the London Symphony Orchestra. Possibly while high.

"Cypress Hill, I'm looking in your direction"
   5. PreservedFish Posted: March 14, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5637769)
Tiger Park
   6. BDC Posted: March 14, 2018 at 11:13 AM (#5637775)
I lived in Michigan in the 1970s, well within living memory of when the old place was called Briggs or even when it was called Navin, and I never heard anybody use those older names; it was always just Tiger Stadium. I think the current place should be called Tiger Stadium, much like the current place in the Bronx is called Yankee Stadium.
   7. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 14, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5637780)
Tiger Stadium.
   8. villageidiom Posted: March 14, 2018 at 11:32 AM (#5637791)
The Maul Of America.
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 14, 2018 at 12:48 PM (#5637844)
I lived in Michigan in the 1970s, well within living memory of when the old place was called Briggs or even when it was called Navin, and I never heard anybody use those older names; it was always just Tiger Stadium. I think the current place should be called Tiger Stadium, much like the current place in the Bronx is called Yankee Stadium.

I went to Briggs Stadium and IMO it was the finest ballpark in MLB history,** but given Spike Briggs' long history of racism I doubt if there'd be much support for that.

Tiger Stadium is just too generic. It'd be like reverting Wrigley Field to Cubs Park after a lapse of 92 years. Yankee Stadium's different, in that it's never been known by any other name.

** Ranked up there with Wrigley by the ballplayers of the time. It was among other things, one of the very few fields that wasn't marred with bare patches of dirt, like the one I grew up with.

   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 14, 2018 at 12:59 PM (#5637857)
No, it'd be like reverting Wrigley Field to Cubs Park after a lapse of 17 years.
   11. oscar madisox Posted: March 14, 2018 at 01:40 PM (#5637895)
What, no love for Little Caesar's Field? I think Ililtch actually owned the Tigers longer than Briggs and he was the owner when Comerica was built. So, Ilitch Field. Nah.

I suppose Ty Cobb Field wouldn't fly, so maybe Kaline Field or Kaline Park? That could work, I suppose.

In the end, I agree with the nomination for Tiger Stadium.
   12. DanG Posted: March 14, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5637908)
Ilitch Field. Nah
How about The House that Mike Built.

Tiger Stadium was often just referred to as "The Corner" (because it was located at the corner of Michigan & Trumbull in Detroit's oldest neighborhood). How about The Kitty Corner.
   13. QLE Posted: March 14, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5637926)
Bennett Park, thereby both continuing the name of the first park on the Tiger Stadium site and honoring a beloved figure in Detroit baseball history.
   14. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 14, 2018 at 05:39 PM (#5638097)
I'd oppose Tiger Stadium or Briggs Stadium or anything like that because ...... they was a stadium named that. This is not that stadium.

'course, I don't actually have any good suggestions...

Motown Field
Motor City Stadium

What does Detroit have aside from cars and music?
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 14, 2018 at 05:48 PM (#5638108)
Before that it was Navin Field, named after the protagonist in The Jerk (that may not be 100 percent accurate, but I don’t want to find out I’m wrong).
Opti-Grab Park.
   16. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 14, 2018 at 05:50 PM (#5638111)
What does Detroit have aside from cars and music?

Burned Out Crack House Field?
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: March 14, 2018 at 07:36 PM (#5638178)
Grand Circus Field.

The park is in the Grand Circus Park District, and circuses are a place you find Tigers. Well, you used to.

   18. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: March 14, 2018 at 10:50 PM (#5638229)
Eh, Comerica Park itself deserves a place in the running, if nothing else as a default pick.
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: March 14, 2018 at 10:59 PM (#5638234)

Eh, Comerica Park itself deserves a place in the running, if nothing else as a default pick.


Comerica was headquartered in Detroit when the park opened, but hightailed it to Texas in 2007.
   20. DanG Posted: March 15, 2018 at 08:32 AM (#5638265)
"Comerica" always struck me as a cold, corporatized moniker. Let's revert to the venerable former bank name for the ballpark: Detroit Bank & Trust Park.
   21. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 15, 2018 at 08:59 AM (#5638271)
I still like Jungaleers Lair. It's totally non-corporate, it pays tribute to history**, and it's not the Same Old Same Old that Tiger Stadium would be. YMMV and all that.

** The Sporting News and other newspapers for many decades used "Jungaleers" interchangeably with "Tigers" and "Bengals", much in the way that they'd use "Bombers" for "Yankees" and "The Mackmen" for the A's.
   22. Omineca Greg Posted: March 15, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5638512)
The Fearful Symmetry
   23. villageidiom Posted: March 15, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5638531)
I think we really need some Michiganders to weigh in. Every time I think of the place I think "Tiger Stadium, no, wait, it's not called that, but it's the place the Tigers play now, Comerica, I think." The best I can come up with are crap names such as in #8.
   24. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: March 15, 2018 at 05:51 PM (#5638711)
How about Jack Morris, King of Clutch, Hall of Fame Field? I'll see myself out.
   25. ajnrules Posted: March 15, 2018 at 08:39 PM (#5638756)
Kaline Field
   26. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 15, 2018 at 09:47 PM (#5638774)
How about The Kitty Corner.


How about Cobb's Corner?

Sure it's controversial considering Cobb's past, but it's all I've got.

Yes I am aware Cobb played CF, but I was trying to reference location and an historically great player. I had no idea Cobb was 2nd in triples with 295. Very cool.
   27. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: March 15, 2018 at 10:11 PM (#5638783)
I like Motown Field/Park/Stadium, H/T to Dag.
   28. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: March 16, 2018 at 10:11 AM (#5638910)
The Fearful Symmetry


I love this suggestion. A+
   29. Rusty Priske Posted: March 16, 2018 at 10:33 AM (#5638926)
Tiger Stadium.

Any other answer is terrible.
   30. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 16, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5639088)
The park is in the Grand Circus Park District, and circuses are a place you find Tigers. Well, you used to.

I second this one. Tigers games are at least the greatest show ... in Detroit!
   31. DanG Posted: March 16, 2018 at 02:17 PM (#5639095)
Call it the Comerica Athletic Game Emporium: The CAGE - where the Tigers play!
   32. Omineca Greg Posted: March 16, 2018 at 06:16 PM (#5639197)
I love this suggestion. A+

Thank you, I've tried suggestions in a fair few of these, and I have yet to be able to even say, "It's an honour just to be nominated".

Not that I'm criticising the panel, I know that they've been getting so many suggestions that some good ones (like "The Dick"...and "The Crumbatorium") had to get cut. I know it's nothing personal.

But I think I might be dusting off the tuxedo for this one. I'll spend a lot more time practicing my "gracious loser" face (I have a lot of experience with the "loser" part already, it's just the "gracious" part that needs tuning up) than my fist pumps and acceptance speeches, but I think #22 might take me to places I've never been before.
   33. stevegamer Posted: March 16, 2018 at 11:01 PM (#5639257)
Tiger (something) makes lots of sense, but I'm not sure just calling it "Tiger Stadium" works well, as it's never been called that, and it's not the same park.

I do like Grand Circus Filed. And there still are circuses, just not the big one.
   34. Rusty Priske Posted: March 17, 2018 at 12:02 PM (#5639366)
it's not the same park.


I get why you are saying that, but I disagree that it matters. Candlestick would have been a way better name than China Basin for the Giants. Baseball is a game where history matters. A lot. When they tore down Yankee Stadium and replaced it, was there ever a question that the new place wouldn't also be called Yankee Stadium?

Yes this wouldn't be the original Tiger Stadium, but it would be named after the original. Again, because history matters.
   35. QLE Posted: March 17, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5639371)
Candlestick would have been a way better name than China Basin for the Giants.


Not really- Candlestick was named after a specific geographic feature of its site, which would make no real sense when given to a stadium miles away from Candlestick Point.

History matters a lot in baseball, but so does place- this isn't like Yankees Stadium, where the team only moved across the street.
   36. Rusty Priske Posted: March 19, 2018 at 09:48 AM (#5639677)
Side point: this is also why I prefer when moving teams don't change their names.

I LOVE that there is an L.A. Lakers. An L.A. Dodgers. (at one time) a Utah Jazz.

The name becomes part of the story.

Renames destroy that story. How long until Nationals fans ignore the fact that they were the Expos? Or has that happened already?

As far Candlestick, the park may have been named after the point, but ask a thousand people what the name Candlestick means and 95% (of those that have any answer) will refer to the Park.

It has become something that means something.

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