DETROIT -- The ALCS has shifted from Boston to Detroit for the next three games between the Red Sox and Tigers, two of baseball's oldest and most historic franchises. With a few hours to go before the start of Game 3, let's take a tour of Comerica Park.
Opened: April 11, 2000
Cost: $300 million
All-Star Games hosted: 2005
Cost of beer per ounce: $0.42
Excerpt from two-star Yelp review: "The 'security' took a screwdriver keychain of mine off my key ring with out permission."
Excerpt for five-start Yelp review: "Shout out to Darius at Big League Grill on the upper deck (near the 320's section). Darius makes sure my beer is cold and my hot dogs get served to me with a quickness! Also the lady at the hamburger stand just across from the grill was super nice and liked my manicure."
The Photo Album
Courtesy of my phone -- henceforth, all photos are by Eye on Baseball -- let's take a walking stroll around Comerica Park. All of these photos were taken yesterday, just to be clear.
Might as well start with the main entrance, or at least one of them.
Here's another entrance further down the block. There are a lot of Tigers statues around the park. A lot.
This is my first visit to Comerica Park and it's a really lovely park. My one nitpicky complaint is that I felt there could be more stuff celebrating the team's history. The Tigers have been around since 1901, after all. There are banners commemorating title years and all that, as well as statue row out in center field:
Other than the banners and admittedly awesome statues, the ballpark makes it tough to tell if this team joined the league in 1901 or 2001.
Anyway, I am a building and skyline buff, so here is the view from the stands behind home plate, looking out to right field with (most of) the city's skyline in view:
These are the bullpens in left field, and I specifically set out to take this photo because I wanted to see just how big the park was before they moved the fences in. That back wall of the bullpen, in front of the stands? That used to be the left field wall. The area now occupied by the bullpens was once in play. The place was enormous.
And lastly, right across the street is Ford Field, home of the NFL's Detroit Lions. Lions and Tigers, on the same block.
Comerica Park is pitcher-friendly by reputation, but it is actual pretty neutral. It was definitely pitcher-friendly before they moved the walls in a few years ago and that reputation has stuck. It might not surrender a ton of home runs, but Comerica Park's gaps are tailor made for doubles and triples.
Although I have yet to actually watch a game played here live, I do really like the ballpark. More than I thought I would, actually. Let's get ALCS started again already, shall we?