Detroit - March 27
With baseball set to make its return to Montreal over the weekend, we decided to make a stop at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, during our visit to the Motor City.
While the Tigers won’t kick off the 2014 campaign until next Monday afternoon at home, the temperature outside quickly reminded us that we were in town for a hockey game. In hopes of keeping the field in the best shape possible for the Tigers’ opening day tilt against the Kansas City Royals on Mar. 31, the grounds crew installed a giant tarp on the playing surface to protect the infield grass. Based on the weather conditions in the area during our visit, that seemed like an excellent idea!
Boasting one of the top rosters in all of Major League Baseball, the Tigers will undoubtedly be World Series contenders in 2014, and do everything in their power to pick up their first title since 1984. Players like Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer will be looking to achieve the same feat as Al Kaline, who helped pace the Tigers to a World Series title back in 1968. Kaline is among several greats to be immortalised inside the confines of Comerica Park.
No baseball-themed road blog would be complete without a trip to Detroit’s finest hot dog establishment – American Coney Island – a favorite with Detroiters and visitors alike for nearly a century. Located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lafayette, this legendary establishment is one of the oldest businesses in the city with its origins dating back to 1917. Our host, Dan Dan “The Hot Dog Man” Keros, made us feel right at home upon arrival, showcasing his mastery of the French language while serving up terrific eats, including the American Coney Island Special with cheese (seen below). If you’re looking for a taste of Detroit, this is the spot!