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Tiger Stadium is Going Down

Blake VandeBunteContributor IJune 2, 2009

27 Sep 1999:  A general view of the Tiger Stadium sign and ticket stand taken during the last game played at the Tiger Stadium against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw  /Allsport

Well, that’s that.

It was Detroit+commission+votes+to+level+Tiger+Stadium">announced today that the last remaining pieces of Tiger Stadium are going to be demolished.  Detroit’s Economic Development Corp. Board voted earlier today, 7-1, that the Stadium will be leveled.

A group had worked for the past few years to keep at least part of the historic stadium standing, but in the end, there just wasn’t enough money.

So, the home of Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Charlie Gehringer, Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Denny McLain, Hal Newhouser, Hank Greenberg, and Rob Deer is going down.

I don’t have a strong opinion about this any more.  When the club announced they were moving out of Tiger Stadium into a new fancy one, I was upset.  I got over that, though.  I still wanted the thing to stand, though.  It seems rude and disrespectful to just blow it all up. 

However, as the city of Detroit continues to suffer and nature destroyed what was left of Tiger Stadium, this seems like the thing to do.  It’s of like when you finally decide to put the family dog to sleep.  It’s 18 years old and in pain all of the time.  It hurts, but it has to happen

So long, old friend.

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