Day 22

Day Game in Detroit

After 5 hours of sleep we were up and on the go to Detroit. We had to leave extremely early due to the day game at Comerica and losing an hour going into the eastern time zone. The three of us crashed out for the majority of the four hour trip while Dad truged ahead, encountering construction traffic a couple times.

There were many lots priced from $10-$20 surrounding Comerica, all within a couple blocks of the main gate. After pulling the car into a lot we headed towards the ticket office where we encountered a long line. With the Tigers currently carrying the best record in the bigs, the city of Detroit was out in force, packing in a little under 30,000 for the Wednesday afternoon matchup between Justin Verlander and Andy Pettite.

In what has become the norm for us, we saw yet another great pitching performance. The Astros never really were a threat as young Verlander tossed 8 shutout innings for the Tigers. Houston starter Andy Pettite was the victim of some poor defensive plays that would have ended a couple innings, but instead allowed the Tigers to score. 5-0 final as the American league continues to dominate the Senior circuit.

A big riverfront fireworks spectacular is planned for this evening in Detroit and made getting away from the ballpark a complete disaster. The police wouldn't allow anyone to enter the 74 South which meant we had to drive 5 miles out of the way before being allowed to jump on the freeway. This is the second time in three days that we've heard the phrase "traffic usually isn't this bad" (St. Louis being the other). While this might comfort the locals it isn't helping us any as we wasted about 45 minutes each night traversing the streets of downtown.

We encountered heavy rain storms on our 3 hour drive to final destination for the evening, the small town of Newton Falls, OH. Newton Falls is an hour outside of Pittsburgh, where tomorrow we'll see the Pirates take on the World Champion Chicago White Sox in a 12:35pm business man's special. PNC is one of the parks we anticipated the most so it should be a good day.


  • Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2006
  • Game: Astros at Tigers, 1:05pm
  • Ballpark: Comerica Park (70.5)
  • Start: Portage, IN
  • End: Newton Falls, OH
  • Miles: 449 | Total: 6,486
  • Stayed: EconoLodge Newton Falls
  • States: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

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