Blast From the Baseball Past: 8/25/08 Indians at Tigers: Comerica Park

A mere 12 hours after my dad and I had left Citizens Bank Park, we were in Detroit for a three game series between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers. Either the Detroit airport is a pretty good ways away from downtown, or we arrived in a diffirent airport, because I remember we took a semi-long bus ride from the suburbs to downtown after arriving at the airport.

I also had no idea where our hotel was. When we arrived, I was amazed by the hotel:

That, if you don’t know, is the GM Renaissance Center, or the RenCen. The red circle you see in the picture is an approximation of where our hotel room was. Also for those who don’t know, the RenCen is actually about four or five buildings together. They appear as separate buildings in the picture, but they are all joined at the base. It was truly one of if not the best hotel experience I have had.

Anyway, it was soon off to the game that we went. I don’t believe we went to batting practice this game, but we might have. Anyway, the thing from this first game is that Grady Sizemore hit a home run in the first at-bat of the game. It was off some pitcher who was starting to really do well that season. His name was… Armando Galarraga? I have no clue who the Indian’s pitcher was, though. Sizemore would go on to hit a second home run later on in that game.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t take any pictures at this game, but it was an exciting game nonetheless. I’m almost certain it went extra innings, and I know that the winning run came via a Franklin Gutierrez. (Yes, Franklin Gutierrez was on the Indians at one time. He then got traded to Seattle in the deal that sent J.J. Putz to the Mets.)

As short as this entry is, I really don’t have anything more to report about THIS game. I don’t remember anything else. All the memories I can recall were for the other two games in this series that I went to, so those entries should be MUCH longer. Anyway, here is the ticket for this game I still have. I don’t know where the second ticket went:

6 Comments

Franklyn Gutierrez was originally a Dodger. He was traded to the Cleveland with another player for Milton Bradley. Did not like the trade back then. Did not like trading Carlos Santana either.

crzblue- Hmm, I did not know that. Do you still think the same way about this trade now? The Santana deal isn’t looking too good, but this one appears like it could still be up for discussion. For some reason, it seems like everyone was in the Dodgers Farm System or on the team before being traded. Obviously this isn’t true, but it seems like there are way more “look back’ trades involving the Dodgers than other teams, to me.

Too bad you couldn’t have it to the old Tiger Stadium. That just blows Comerica away. It would have been 100 yrs. old this year, too.
–Mike

Mike- I didn’t know Tigers stadium was that nice. Wow, because Comerica is a VERY nice ballpark. They tore down Tigers Stadium in 2000, right?

That was the season the Tigers started off 0-8. They were supposed to be a power house and fell flat on their faces.
–Jeff

Jeff- I’m sure Allen hasn’t quite recovered from Dontrelle Willis, has he?

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