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Old 08-09-2016, 12:40 AM
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I recently returned from following the Sox on a 3 city road trip from Wrigley Field (North Side is like another city) to Target Field to Comerica Park. Although the Sox went 2-6 on the trip it was a fun trip for me and my daughter. We even took a ferry across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Muskegon, MI to cut down on the drive time from Minneapolis to Detroit.

Starting at Wrigley, it was my first visit to the "Friendly Confines" since 2003 and the first ever for my 17 year old daughter. Nothing has really changed in the last 13 years as the place is still a dump. For game 2, the tickets I bought from the Cubs were not obstructed view, yet there was a pole between the pitcher and the batter. It was fun watching the Sox take BP in Wrigley and Avi especially was hitting bombs to the LF bleachers. Before game 2 it was raining so there was no BP, so we hit the concessions and one good thing about Wrigley was the 25% off all concessions (except beer) for the first hour that the gates are open. I tried the chili cheese fries and my daughter had the Giordano's deep dish pizza.

After game 2 at Wrigley, we left immediately for Minnesota and drove through tons on construction on I-90 to Madison, WI and then to Minneapolis the next day. It was my first visit to Target Field as I was last at the Metrodome in 2004. The Metrodome is now gone and is replaced by the Vikings new home US Bank Stadium that will open this fall. Target Field is located on the other side of downtown from the Metrodome and is right next to the Target Center. Target Field was a great modern stadium and the exact opposite of the dump called Wrigley. Tickets were pricey though at Target Field as lower corner seats were $55 each but the concessions were cheaper than the Cell as I got a foot long hot dog with grilled onions for $6.50. My daughter enjoyed the cheese curds and tater tots with bacon, ranch and cheese. Before the Sunday game, there was no BP and we got autographs from basically the entire pitching staff (except for Shields and Gonzalez)as they came out to throw including All Stars Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. It also helped that gates opened 2 hours early before each weekend game so we were there early for autographs. My daughter also got a ball on Sunday from one of the bullpen catchers.

After taking the ferry across Lake Michigan, we arrived in Detroit on Tuesday and stayed at the Greektown Hotel and Casino about 3 blocks from Comerica Park (I tried the slots one night but did not win and gave up before I lost too much). This was my third year in a row going to Comerica and it is also a great modern stadium with many food choices that dwarf the menu of the Cell. They even have a food court with a merry go round in the middle. The poutine fries were great for me but my daughter insisted on the Little Ceasars pizza at street tacos. I nabbed some great seats right behind home plate for a great price on stub hub. For the first game, we sat right behind the M and M guy as he was in his customary front row spot even in Detroit. We did real good for autographs in Detroit also and my daughter got 3 balls (2 from Avi and one from Saladino). I think that Frazier knows us now as, if you go the the Cell, you know that he signs every day before the game. We went to visit the old site of Tiger Stadium which now is in the process of having a Detroit Police Athletic League field built on the grounds. Also went to the site of the new Little Ceasars Arena (yes, that is really going to be the name) that is being built for the Red Wings.

Despite the outcome of most of the games, it was a nice trip and the first time that I ever followed the Sox from one city to the next.
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:33 PM
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Sounds like a fun trip. I always wanted to do an entire 9 or 10 game Sox road trip. It's definitely on my bucket list. I haven't made it to Comerica yet but I'm surprised that their menu dwarfs ours. Of the ballparks I've visited, the only one that comes close to the menu options of The Cell is at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

I know you mentioned you stayed at the casino. Would you recommend it for a Comerica trip? I'm unfamiliar with the neighborhood there. Just wondering if there is anything else to do in the area and if it is safe at night time.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:11 PM
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Sounds great and it was nice to hear about. I've seen the Sox on the road in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Anaheim and St. Pete (will be adding Miami to the list tomorrow), but it was always a weekend trip (or in the case of Miami, less than an hour drive from where I live now).

I would love to go on an actual road trip some day (more difficult in my current circumstance).

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Old 08-11-2016, 09:36 PM
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Thanks for sharing. The ferry sounds like a great idea and I didn't even think of it until you mentioned it.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:14 PM
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Sounds like a fun trip. I always wanted to do an entire 9 or 10 game Sox road trip. It's definitely on my bucket list. I haven't made it to Comerica yet but I'm surprised that their menu dwarfs ours. Of the ballparks I've visited, the only one that comes close to the menu options of The Cell is at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

I know you mentioned you stayed at the casino. Would you recommend it for a Comerica trip? I'm unfamiliar with the neighborhood there. Just wondering if there is anything else to do in the area and if it is safe at night time.
I would recommend the Greektown Casino and Hotel in Detroit. It is only about a 3 block walk to Comerica or there is the People Mover which has a station at Greektown and takes you about a block from the Park if you don't want to walk. Greektown has turned into the "tourist destination" of Downtown Detroit in recent years and has many establishments open late on the block. There are many Greek restaurants, bars, and pastry shops along with a Five Guys and Wahlburger coming soon. There were lots of people walking back towards the area after the games so it was as safe as possible considering you are in Detroit. The hotel was reasonably priced for the downtown area and the parking was free.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:23 PM
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How much was the ferry? I looked into it one time and I felt I could have chartered a flight for less money
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:34 PM
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How much was the ferry? I looked into it one time and I felt I could have chartered a flight for less money
It was pricey at around $260 for my car and 2 seats on the boat. But after sitting in construction forever on I-90 around Rockford and in Wisconsin, I decided to fork it over to save some time and headaches in getting back around Chicago. My daughter also was excited to take the ferry so it made it worthwhile.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:55 PM
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Where did you stay in Minneapolis?
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Old 08-12-2016, 08:57 PM
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