Classic Ballparks turn 100

Yesterday two classic ballparks turned the century mark: Fenway Park and Tiger Stadium. The obvious different between the two, is that the Red Sox organization had the foresight to maintain and upgrade their classic stadium and make it a monument of the most historic sport in the country. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers opted to abandon their abode on the corner of Michigan and Trumble for a new, state of the art, corporate named stadium, in Comerica Park in 2000. I was only at Tiger Stadium a few times, but those memories will stay with me forever. I can even remember being 5 years old an at my first game ever. I get recall all of the sights, sounds, and smells. It was a glorious place. I’m sure when I take my kids to Comerica, they’ll love the carousel and merry-go-round, but they’ll miss out on ambiance that Tiger Stadium held. I’m not saying that Tiger Stadium was a palace, and that it didn’t have its problems in the later years, but renovation was possible, as it was with Fenway. Ahhh…Fenway.You don’t have to be a BoSox fan to appreciate what Fenway is. The experience of watching a baseball game there simply can take your breath away. This was something that was on my bucket list that I was lucky enough to cross off thanks to last years baseball trip. The ghosts don’t haunt you there, but they welcome you, and show you around. The best way to describe it, is that you never really leave Fenway Park. It’s like you leave a part of your soul there, and it’s constantly beckoning you back….

The ponchos were cheesy, but they kept us dry

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Your blog wasn’t the first place I heard about it, but I thought up until a few days ago that Tiger Stadium was way younger than Fenway Park. Given, I really only know Comerica Park and have only seen pictures of Tiger Stadium, but still, I was under the impression that it was 50-70 years old when it got torn down, not 88. That does explain why it had the support beam thingys in the outfield like Yankee Stadium before its renovation. Wow, so does that mean that it was the same stadium that Ty Cobb played in? It must be the case, right?
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

Mateo-yeah, it has been called Navin Field and Briggs Stadium, too, but baseball was played there for a good long time, and I wish they would have put the money into renovation it instead of building a new one. But…money talks, and that corporate sponsorship brings it. Too bad this generation has to miss out on Tiger Stadium, though.
–Mike

I’m a Sox fan and I think it’s great how they did everything for the 100th year, but I’m disappointed that they didn’t do anything for Tigers Stadium.
-Quinn

Quinn-everything they did for Fenway is great, and the history there is unreal. Tiger Stadium probably would have more recongnition of the stupid city didn’t have it demolished as soon as they could.
–Mike

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