Originally Posted by briancl
I think comerica is a fine place to watch a baseball game, but the feel is definitely less than that of the old tigers stadium. no longer are you right up on the field. of course, that stadium is old and there are a lot of bad seats with obstructed views... but there are certainly a large group of people who love watching baseball in the old stadium.
Also, I am not sure if I like the way Illitch hanldes baseball. There have been numerous offers to bring in a minor league team into old tigers stadium (which he owns the rights to), but he denies them.. so instead it will likely be demolished.. and his past actions concerning the tigers and comerica park have been sketchy (odd deals with kwame and the city of detroit that make zero sense with regards to whats best for detroit and its citizens)..
he is a business man first and a politician second, so i just don't think the game of baseball is really a concern of his... he just cares about making money and being almighty in metro detroit. if his tigers do well, i'm sure he'll try to steal some of that spotlight (like how he sat in the infield seats near the dugout for the first time EVER last week... after sitting in his suite for the last 4 years)..
I didnt know those things about the Little Caesar's guy. If he's being petty about a minor league team in the old stadium then absent a good explanation thats sad. However, he bought the Tigers when they might have moved to a different city and he has put money into them. The new park is cool. It is too big but Im thinking the new Yankee Stadium is going to be a bungle too.
He did a good job with the Red Wings, that storied franchise was on the road to becoming BlackHawks 2 and Im sure that Gordie Howe is happy. Detroit has a lot of problems that I dont think Illitch is responsible for.
If it makes you feel any better, most teams in most markets are owned by people who dont care about the team, the city or the sport. Look at Red Sox owner who broke a championship team up and peed the GM off all for the sake of saving cash.
Look at Luria if you want to see a good example of the extremes in fluctuations a team can go through. The Marlin management is a disgrace to baseball.