Some notes in the form of a photo essay from Sunday’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit between the Tigers and Minnesota Twins:
Our approach to the field.
The historic Fox Theatre faces the entrance to Comerica Park. Its marquee boards read "In memory of the fallen / In honor of the first responders" and "United we stand."
The main entrance to the park, which features larger than life tiger sculptures and, on this day, a large American flag suspended from two ladder trucks.
Members of local police, fire, and other emergency responders took the field to be honored before the game.
A light, sunny rain fell during the pregame ceremonies, which soon gave way to sun and heat unanticipated by certain fans in attendance who did not pack sunscreen.
The players from both teams thanked and then stood with the members of local police, fire, and other emergency responders on the field before a large American flag was unfurled in the outfield during the national anthem.
Our seat neighbor's spirited footwear.
The scoreboard in left field. Insert smart remark about the Michigan lottery and it being enough of a gamble just to walk across the overpass between the parking lot and the field in downtown Detroit.
Our view straight down the first base line. These may have been the best seats I've ever had for a game, which the Tigers won, 2-1, to sweep the series against the Twins. Doug Fister had a strong start for Detroit, going seven innings and allowing no runs and only three hits while striking out five. The Tigers' power-hitting DH Victor Martinez went 0-4, hitting into four double plays, which all surveyed agreed was peculiar. Detroit's reliever, Jose Valverde, set a team record for saves with his 43rd save in 43 chances this season as the home team won its ninth straight game.
More on the game here. Photos here and here.