Saturday is Detroit Sports Day, apparently

Today we went to the Tigers/White Sox game on a couple of very cheap tix K scored from the community college. We ate junk food. We watched the Tigers do fairly well — and some stuff was remarkable, as relief pitcher Joel Zumaya’s first warm-up pitch was 99 mph, and he had a bunch of 100+ mph pitches with the fastest clocking 104 mph — only to have some little stupid things (errors) that resulted in the Sox taking the win 7-5 in the 10th inning.

This was at Comerica Park (much discussion locally about renaming the place now that Comerica is packing up its corporate HQ and moving it to Dallas after 160-odd years in Detroit), first pitch at 1:05 PM. Next door: Ford Field, where the Lions (theoretically) play football, was hosting an AMA Supercross motorcycle race meeting, practice/qualifying started at 12:30 PM. Not sports-related, but also across the street, Dora The Explorer’s buddy Diego starred in “Go, Diego, Go!” at the Fox Theater, with shows at 11, 2, and 5. All these venues share parking. Whee. We, thankfully, got there early enough to get a good spot in the Grand Circus Park underground garage for the low-low flat rate of $15.

Meanwhile, a short distance away at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings played Game 5 of their 1st-round playoff series with Calgary, puck dropped at 3 pm. It so happens that our first choice for post-game dinner was Cheli’s Chili right next to Comerica Park, which is owned by Red Wing defenseman Chris Chelios.

Ha! Forget a line, they had a big party tent full of people waiting for tables. Hockeytown Cafe next to the Fox? Packed to the gills.

(Note that the Fox Theater, the Red Wings, and the Tigers — and the Hockeytown Cafe — are all owned by Mike Ilitch, the founder, owner, and CEO of Little Caesar’s Pizza.).

So, listening to the Red Wings game on the radio as we drove, we wound up in Royal Oak and had dinner at Memphis Smoke, which had the game on the TVs — and we got to see Calgary come completely unglued in the 3rd period, including their backup goalie get a game misconduct slashing major and be ejected. Got home in time for the next round: Game 1 of the Pistons/Magic NBA playoff series, in Auburn Hills (both the Pistons and Red Wings have home advantage through their conference championship rounds), which tips off at 7.

So the scores:

White Sox 7, Tigers 5 (it’s early in the regular season, no cause for alarm)
Red Wings 5, Flames 1, Wings up 3-2 in best-of-seven
Pistons 100, Magic 92, Pistons up 1-0 in best-of-seven

In other words, Detroit wins the ones that matter. 🙂 Now, can we borrow some accuracy for Fernando Rodney’s throwing arm, please?

And the other score: largest expense today: food (dinner, mostly, as I refrained from the $8.50 Bud Lights at the ball game). Second largest: parking ($15 in Detroit, $2.25 in Royal Oak).

The weather was delightful, and tomorrow should be even better. We’re getting the bikes out for a ride. K will get to ride her new Trek over a little distance for the first time.

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