BIG BATS TURN COMERICA SMALL
Let me make a confession. I wanted nothing to do with Monday's home run derby. I wanted to see A-Rod and Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds and the big names who bang.
I longed for the days when Mark McGwire bashed.
The only reason I showed up Monday was because I'd never witnessed a home run derby live and it was in my home town. This could be my last chance.
What a treat.
Bobby Abreau brought it.
Many of his 41 home runs sailed over our heads in right field and hit with a thud. He turned Comerica National Park into a band box. And the icing on the cake came when Tiger catcher Pudge Rodriguez made the finals against Abreau.
For the rest of the nation Pudge was simply the set up guy for Abreau who deserved to win this after hitting a record 24 home runs in the first round, nine more than Baltimore's Miguel Tejada did during his record breaking first round last year.
But it was special to Detroit fans who saw one of their Tiger heroes dance on the national stage. You should have seen the smiles on peoples' faces as we left Comerica. They all wanted to talk about Pudge and Abreau who brought life to the derby.
No one cared that Pudge lost 11-5 in the Finals. This was a special night for fans and a special night for Detroit.
And I don't care that Major League Baseball probably injected enough juice in these balls where McGwire in his prime probably could have hit the Ren Cen. You mean to tell me they hit more home runs in spacious Comerica than at Wrigley Field and Coors Field which is a mile above sea level.
Finally, Detroit takes tons of hits nationwide.
The All Star week has been great for this city. People have praised us for a change.
Now comes the big test.
Super Bowl XL, cold weather and snow.
Maybe they can call upon Pudge to bring his magic stick in February.