Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stadium Junkies-Day 3 Detroit

Third city, third stadium, third day, Detroit. 

We checked out of our Airbnb in Toronto around 6:30am. When we planned this trip, I'd totally overlooked the fact that it was Mother's Day weekend. I had been whining to Val that I was going to miss my breakfast in bed & being treated like a queen today. Well, when I woke up I found this card next to my bed with a Macy's gift card inside from Val. SUPER THOUGHTFUL! And unexpected. 
After a quick stop at Starbucks, we collected our rental car and headed back to the US, to Detroit. I have to say the drive was uneventful because I was asleep through most all of it and Val was awesome and drove the entire 4+ hours. I know we stopped once for gas (in Litres, not gallons) to try to spend the last of our Canadian money. 
And then stopped again at the US border. 
We weren't sure what we were going to do in Detroit besides the baseball game because we only had about an hour before and after to kill. 

Everyone we'd asked facetiously(we think) told us to see the game and then get out of the city as quickly as possible. We weren't sure how to take that advice. 

Naturally the first thing we set out to see was 8 Mile Road. 
 We found the trailer park featured in the movie 8 Mile pretty easily.
 There was a section of trailers that looked to be abandoned (no cars, no front steps, etc). I located the one that I thought looked as close as I remember to the one in the movie.
After this detour we headed straight over to Comerica Park Stadium for the Tigers vs. Texas Rangers game. 
Photo credit: Tigers.com
Val and I insisted on wearing our Dodger gear to all the stadiums we'd been to this weekend. We were insulted and yelled at in Cleveland and Toronto (it's ok, I would do the same), but I have to say, the fans in Detroit were incredibly friendly. The gentlemen in the seat next to me practically narrated the entire history of Detroit for me throughout the game. 

It may have been the gorgeous weather, but I think this stadium was the most beautiful and had the coolest non-baseball amenities of the three we visited. 
 Plus it was Mother's Day and everyone was wearing Pink, except for those of us wearing Dodger blue.
After the game, we headed straight to the airport to return the car and fly back home. We met up with those 300 of our closest friends, aka Pantone 294 (the Dodger fan club), at the airport. We were all going to be on the same flight. (Oh, boy--had I had enough Dodgers yet?)
Spirit Airlines. Not so bad once you know what to expect. 

After landing, the entire group of us sporting Dodger blue stood around the baggage claim together and as we each picked up our checked bags we waved good bye heartily to the group that was left....like we were all coming home from summer camp or something. 

This was a truly epic weekend that will be hard to top. Until September, that is, when we do it all over again in New York! I keep forgetting that I need to stop doing this to myself!!! 


  1. That sounds like a really awesome trip!! And quite a dedication to your team!!

    Thank you for sharing !!

  2. Nice weekend! It sounds interesting. Glad to hear your sharing! ^^

  3. What a busy time you had! I had to LOL at the Spirit airline comment. I flew Spirit to Las Vegas a few years back and I DID NOT know what to expect!!! But hey, it was the flight that came with the package and we arrived safely so no harm done!

  4. People who works there are some of the sweetest people I've met. Save yourself some time and just go there. Everyone at venues in Houston is sweet and ask how you've been, even though normally staff keep their heads down.