The Home Opener Issue 2012
Detroit rock stars share killer Tiger memories
Published: April 4, 2012
I was 7 years old. I lived in downtown Detroit, and there wasn't a lot of grass. Every day we would play baseball in a sand lot with an old baseball covered with black electrical tape. One day my dad got tickets to a double header: the Detroit Tigers versus the Cleveland Indians at Briggs Stadium. This was a real major league baseball game, and I had never been to a real game. The stadium was enormous. It had real grass. The players were taking batting practice when we got there, and I remember thinking the echo of the bat hitting the ball was the greatest sound I'd ever heard. It was Jim Bunning against Herb Score in the first game. Al Kaline — my hero — went 4 for 4, and the Tigers won 5 to 2. The second game was Frank Lary pitching for the Tigers, Rocky Colavito hit 2 home runs, and Harvey Kuenn hit 2 home runs.
Tigers won 7 to 4. Throughout both games, I didn't ask for a hot dog, a soda, or ice cream. I just didn't want it to end. It is one of the greatest memories I have with my dad: the doubleheader win for the Tigers.