Detroit Tigers: 10 Things You May Not Know About Comerica Park
It is hard to argue with the dedication that all Detroit Tigers fans have shown throughout the existence of this storied franchise.
When April hits the Motor City, fans flock to see their favorite baseball team play at one of the greatest ballparks in the nation.
Comerica Park offers an experience unlike so many other parks. But, in order for people to truly understand the majesty of this place, they must see it for themselves.
People who often badmouth the city of Detroit have obviously never either been to the city or experienced the camaraderie and family-type atmosphere that comes with entering the city limits and experiencing a Detroit Tigers game.
Comerica Park is an amazing sight and has many characteristics and amenities that even die-hard fans may not know about.
Here are 10 of them.
10. Player Intros
Any one who has been to a major league ball game knows that each player has his own song that he likes to hear when he steps on the field to pitch or to bat.
These songs not only get the players focused and prepared, but they also help create fan excitement.
Many people may not know that the Tigers have a wide variety of musical tastes. Below is a list of just a few of the players and their favorite entrance songs as well as links to listen.
Max Scherzer: "All She Wrote" - T.I. with Eminem SONG
Ryan Perry: "Inside the Fire" - Disturbed SONG
Ryan Raburn: "Hicktown" - Jason Aldean SONG
Miguel Cabrera: "Fuego" - Pitbull SONG
Jose Valverde: "End of the Line" - Metallica SONG
While Comerica Park is far from being the largest MLB stadium, it offers seating that many major league ballparks simply cannot.
With a capacity of 41,255, Comerica Park holds no seat with an obstructed view. Furthermore, each seat offers a fan with an amazing view of downtown Detroit, mainly because there is no upper-deck seating in the outfield.
Therefore, it is safe to say that each fan gets his or her moneys worth when they walk through the turnstile into the Copa.
8. "Monument Park"
Very similar to the park in center field of Yankee Stadium, Comerica Park offers its own version of "Monument Park" behind left center field.
The park includes six full-sized statues, including Tigers greats Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hal Newhouser, Willie Horton and Hank Greenburg.
For many, this is a favorite place among many fans to stand along the fence and watch the Tigers from the outfield. Not only do fans get a feel for the past, but they also get to fully experience the present.
7. Ferris Wheel
Behind the third base line sits a ride that many young Tigers fans love to experience.
The Tigers have their very own Ferris wheel, with each car shaped to look like a baseball.
This is an incredibly popular place at Comerica Park, as it also houses numerous places to get food, beverages and as much Tigers gear as a fan can carry.
The scoreboard at Comerica Park offers a unique feature on its scoreboard that is only visable when the Tigers make a big play.
When any of the Tigers' players hits a home run, the two tigers standing on the top of the scoreboard have eyes that light up. Fans will also hear the sound of a growling tiger.
Many Detroit fans can still remember their favorite home run that they experienced in person.
While I wasn't there for this incredible moment, I thought I would give everyone a glimpse at one of the greatest home runs in Tiger's history. It came in the 2006 ALCS.
The main entrance to Comerica features this 15 feet high tiger statue, which is often decorated in order to support the other Detroit teams, most notably the Red Wings.
There are a total of nine tiger statues in and around Comerica Park, including other statues throughout the park and the two on top of the scoreboard. This may have been done in reference to the amount of players on a field at one time, which is nine.
4. The "Keyhole"
One of the most unique features to Comerica Park is the stripe that goes from the pitcher's mound to home plate. It is often referred to as the "keyhole," due to the look of the stripe combined with pitcher's mound.
The only other field in the major league that offers this older feature is Chase Field in Arizona, home of the Diamondbacks.
There is no question that when the Tigers decided to create a new park over 11 years ago, they wanted to honor the team's past, They did just that with the addition of the "keyhole" to a beautiful, modern ball park.
Intended to be a tribute to Tigers Stadium, the flagpole was originally placed in left center field in a position that would allow it to be in the field of play.
However, when the dimensional changes took place to the field and the bullpen was moved from right to left field, the flagpole was taken out of play.
It currently sits in the bullpen, and any player who hits the famous flagpole is rewarded with a home run.
2. Comerica "National" Park
Comerica Park received a great deal of criticism from fans and players due to the enormous size of the outfield upon its completion.
Players wanted to hit home runs, and fans wanted to see home runs, but it was a difficult feat to accomplish with the original dimensions.
Because of these criticisms, the decision was made to bring the left center field wall in from 390 feet to 375 feet. Two years later, in 2005, the bullpens were moved from right field to left field, which allowed the Tigers to add nearly 1,000 additional seats to right field.
1. Time Capsule
Many people do know, but buried beneath the dirt at home plate lies a baseball that was signed by the entire Detroit Tigers team during the 1999 season.
This was shown on a 1999 episode of This Week In Baseball, and was done in the hopes that one day workers will be able to find the ball when they tear down Comerica.
Hopefully, that day isn't for a long time.