The Mets could have played here last October. Maybe this year. Comerica Park is a comfortable place, but not Tiger Stadium. That was a classic.
When I covered the Orioles and Yankees, when I would come to Detroit I would stay in ritzy Dearborn. The drive from Dearborn to Detroit on Michigan Avenue was a sociology lesson. It started out in a high end community and the gradually deteriorated into blocks of burned out buildings, strip joints, bars and pawn shops.
There’s one bar called Brent’s Place, with “Where Friendly People Meet’’ on the marquee. I don’t know if it is still there. Another one had the hours painted on the wall: 9 a.m.-?
It was a rough neighborhood. The parking attendant at the media lot looked like Quint from Jaws. He walked with a limp, always had a gruff beard and missed a couple of teeth. Somehow, I always felt my car was safe because who would mess with this guy?
Tiger Stadium, like Fenway and Wrigley, had its charms. But, all three are tough places to work. Cramped, crowded and you have to fight the crowds to get to the clubhouses.
But, for its bad rap, the area around Comerica, well, it’s not booming, but you can see growth.