OPENING DAY 2003:
thedetroiter.com takes a field day
thedetroiter.com sent four correspondents into the field, March
31, 2003 to cover Opening Day 2003. Below are their highly impressionistic
accounts of the first game in the Detroit Tigers 2003 baseball season.
Tickets courtesy of Jack Henry of AGT. Thanks Jack.
- R. Scott Dillon
Stravinsky created a riot with his rites of spring. Unfortunately,
the Tigers could barely get the hearts of all the fan-sicles pumping
Monday. It's the end of winter, and the beginning of the $8.00 beer.
Opening Day a Grave Disappointment:
A true fan's report from the ol' ballyard
- Scott Ligon
had high hopes for opening day 2003. After suffering through several
lean years with a revolving cast of no-name players, the Tigers had
finally come to their senses by bringing back Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson,
and Lance Parrish to don the old English 'D' one more time. Maybe they'd
have a little rust left over from the retirement village, but these
Golden Oldies always found a way to win. Expectations were set for a
return to the glory days of 1984, and I felt confident that a pennant
would wave yet again from the Tiger Stadium roof. But what I found on
opening day at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull can only be described
as a shocking scene of desolation. No cheering fans. No ticket takers.
In fact, no baseball game. I just don't understand it. Have the Tigers
deserted the city, or has the city deserted the Tigers? Maybe if the
Tigers could get some fan support, they'd start showing up on game day.
If any real baseball fans remain in this city, we need to come together
and let the Tigers know that we're all behind our baseball team. Go
get 'em, Tigers!
IN THE PARK
- Nick Sousanis
Downtown is engulfed - people flood the city, converging upon the Comerica
Mecca in their annual pilgrimage of hope. Crammed into their seats,
spirits high and high on spirits, the faithful hurl insults and lob
the occasional cheer to the tiny idols below, participating in the ritual
any way they can.
Perhaps, as their prayers for the home team are once again dashed,
the celebrants' thoughts will wander beyond the temple walls and imagine
the city outside as more than an occasional destination - imagine it
Parks await. Empty fields of dreams call to children and adults: "Come
again, people, come again. Grab a ball, a bat. Run. Throw. Catch. Hit.
GIVE-AWAY PROMOTION BOOSTS GOODWILL
Opening Day tickets are easy to come by. In fact, the city actually
gives them away to fans who park in specially marked spots. Just another
civic initiative to get people saying nice things about Detroit.
VIEW FROM THE SKYBOX
- by John Sousanis
From where I sit this Monday afternoon - on the 27th floor of a Southfield
highrise, where tinted windows turn the blue sky gray, and iron beams
turn the AM play-by-play into unintelligible static - an $8 beer, a
$30 ticket, and some drunken company at the new ballpark sounds downright
enticing. Only 80 home games left.