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Changing perceptions of Detroit, one friend at a time

Andrew Norton

You can talk about the beautiful aspects of Detroit until you turn blue in the face. Trying to convince others with a preconceived notion of what Detroit really is using mere words just doesn't cut it. Sometimes you have to show folks the wonderful old buildings and beautiful neighborhoods to change someone's perception. Speaking of words, last week's big baseball story was not that Johnny Damon was heading back to Boston to play for the Red Sox, but that he chose to stay in Detroit and finish out the year with the Tigers. Damon has been saying all along how happy he was to be playing in Detroit and last week he had the chance to have his actions back up those words or to head east right into the thick of a pennant race instead of finishing the season with the third-place Tigers.

He chose the Tigers. He chose Detroit. And some people such as Boston Globe writer, Dan Shaughnessy, just can't fathom why on earth someone would choose Detroit over Boston. This is what Shaugnessy had to say -

Think about it: For the next five weeks, you could live in downtown Boston and your wife could shop on Newbury Street. Or you could live in downtown Detroit, amid the boarded-up buildings and the proverbial skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets. Is this really a tough call?

Mr. Shaugnessy, when was the last time you visited Detroit? Perhaps he only watched the Dateline NBC special report on Detroit this past spring.

Here was Johnny Damon's classy response to Mr. Shaugnessy's column -

"Detroit, you know, gets a bad rap," he said. "I love it here. My family loves it here. A bunch of the players who have been here awhile love it here. The new guys love it here. There's a lot to offer here."

So, back to the subject to which this post's title refers. Last week, we took some friends to their very first Tigers game at Comerica Park. Before last week, they had never ventured further than the airport. We changed that :).

They expected decay and a slew of vagrants. Did they see rundown buildings and a couple of homeless people? Yes.

But what they also saw were some of the wonderful buildings from Detroit's glorious past as well as the current renovation and revitalization around the Comerica Park and Ford Field area. Our friends were surprised at the beauty of the old skyscrapers. They had no idea Detroit had such beautiful old buildings.

Their perception of Detroit has changed. Do they think Detroit needs to keep revitalizing and renovating? You bet, but they also no longer feel that it is as bad as the mass media outlets would have everyone believe.

So, that's a start. I've changed the perceptions of two people. Who's next?

Detroit Tigers to pay tribute to broadcast legend, Ernie Harwell

Andrew Norton

The hottest ticket in town (heck, even the state) tonight will be for the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals game at 7:05pm. Not so much for the teams (even though Detroit is in the midst of a division race) either. Longtime Tigers radio broadcaster and Baseball Hall Of Fame legend Ernie Harwell is to be honored by the team tonight. Ernie Harwell recently revealed that he has incurable cancer and there has been an outpouring of love and support from fans both young and old. I think it's great (and long overdue) for the Tigers to pay tribute to a real gentleman. Emotions will be running high in the ballpark tonight.

Ernie Harwell Tribute Video with a smattering of his legendary signature calls as well as his final sign-off from 2002:

Detroit Tigers honor Veterans

Andrew Norton

On Sunday, May 24th, the Detroit Tigers honored Veterans of the various branches of the Armed Service in honor of Memorial Day. It was great to be able to give these men and women a standing ovation for their dedicated service to our country.

A handful of the Veterans threw out ceremonial first pitches and players from both the Tigers and Rockies stood along the first and third baselines and applauded the Veterans.

The only thing missing was a flyover.

Thanks again to those who have served and are currently serving.

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Get Dad Tigers or Red Wings tickets for Father's Day!

Andrew Norton

I surprised my dad with tickets to the Detroit Tigers game against Colorado on May 24th for an early Father's Day present. Every summer we say that we should go to a Tigers game, but we inevitably fail to do so. This year, I took the bull by the horns and just said, "Here's the game, lets go," and my dad said sure after he checked with the boss (mom). Give your dad an early Father's Day present this year by surprising him with tickets to a Tigers Game or one of the Red Wings playoff games. My first professional baseball game was at Tiger Stadium back in 1980-something. I don't remember what happened at the game or whether or not the Tigers won or lost, but I do remember that I was there with my dad. Now I am returning the favor and taking him to a Tigers game at Comerica Park for Father's Day. I have yet to see a Tigers victory at Comerica Park, but even if they don't win it will be a fun time with my dad at the ballpark.

Make some memories with your dad this Father's Day:

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