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Tiger Stadium, Detroit

“Everything is going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine. Ernie saves the day.” I was walking back to my car after taking photos of the Tiger Stadium demolition this summer, when this guy started yelling at me as I made my way down the sidewalk. He was clutching a drink and white paper bag full of food. “Excuse me?” I said. “Ernie saved the day,” he said.

“Everything is going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine. Ernie saves the day.” I was walking back to my car after taking photos of the Tiger Stadium demolition this summer, when this guy started yelling at me as I made my way down the sidewalk. He was clutching a drink and white paper bag full of food. “Excuse me?” I said. “Ernie saved the day,” he said.

It took me a minute to register who Ernie was. Oh. Ernie Harwell the voice of the Tigers for 42 years. I had heard he was part of group working to save part of the stadium. “They are going to fix this place up real nice,” he assured me. I guess I had a look of concern. Either that or it was the three film cameras I had around me as I was walking down Trumbull Street. I never attended a game there. I haven’t even been to a Tiger game. The stadium is not real pretty on the outside. It looks like a warehouse or some industrial building with that strange white siding all around it.

And yet, there was a bit of charm in the old place. As a baseball fan I knew it was home to many historic events since it opened in 1912 and was silenced in 2000 when the Tigers vacated for Comerica Park. “You’ll see. They are going to fix this up real nice. Ernie, he saved the day.” he said. “I sure hope so,” I replied. “Yeah, Ernie he is great. But Kwame? (Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit now in jail) Man, that guy is screwing the city up.” he said. And with that we parted ways.

written by graycard

2 comments

  1. babo

    babo

    Great pictures. Very nice location... And I simply love the story. Great work!

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  2. davefilkins

    davefilkins

    Great story and great pictures!

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