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MLB Road Trip, Day 2: Detroit


Two days down, one full week to go. We crossed Comerica Park and Detroit off our list and now we’re on our way to New York City. The Dodge Journey is rolling, the Magical Book of Mystery is guiding, and we should probably seek medical attention for these sunburns.


First off, if you don’t like reading about our trip, don’t read it.

It’s really quite simple. I don’t like asparagus, so ya know what I do? I don’t eat asparagus. Now stop complaining.

Ann Arbor, Michigan does it right.

After the atrocious night at Purdue Friday, we thought we’d give the Big Ten a chance to redeem itself. So we stayed in Ann Arbor Saturday night to see what all of those Wolverines were up to. We were impressed. Everyone was so nice and friendly and we had a lot of fun on South University at the Blue Leprechaun. All it took was that one night for me to decide that my children will go to Michigan. And I will room with them. Go Wolverines.


When the trip is over and we look back at all of the characters we met in each city, I already know that Norton will be our favorite. Norton was our cab driver from Somalia and the man has a future in politics. Ryan Alessi’s job at cn2 could be in jeopardy. Norton somehow knew everything that’s going on in Kentucky and his opinions about the Obamas, Bin Laden, and Sarah Palin were hilarious. If only I could repeat them.

West Lafayette got the last laugh.

We’ve done nothing but make fun of West Lafayette since seeing it in the rearview mirror Saturday morning. Well, as much as I hate to admit it, West Lafayette got the last laugh. I realized this morning that I left my tennis shoes in the room back at the West Lafayette Best Western. It’s okay though, they were only $110 and I got a full month’s wear out of them. I’m sure they’ve already found a new home. Everyone at Purdue wears a size 13, anyway.

Big Blue Nation is everywhere.

We’ve run into so many UK fans it’s almost ridiculous. #BBN #LaFamilia

Comerica Park was impressive

I guess I just expected everything in Detroit to be run-down and dilapidated. That’s because everything in Detroit is. Everything except the three blocks surrounding the ballpark. Comerica is a very nice stadium and it’s a shame that it’s located in the D. Hockeytown was a lot of fun too.

It was hot. VERY hot.

We would’ve left in the second inning had it been up to me. It was so hot in the stadium that it was almost unbearable to watch the game. The scoreboard said it was 92 degrees but the scoreboard is a liar. It was at least 170 degrees.

Grading The Dog (7.8)

— “Nacho Momma” Dog: $7… Tortilla chips, salsa, queso, and jalapeno rojo sauce on top of a Hebrew National dog.  Muy Bueno!

— Labatt Blue: $7

Number Juan on the field, number Juan in our hearts.

Juan Pierre has been mentioned quite a bit on this trip so he’s our guy. He first came up in discussion on the way out of Cincinnati when we tried to name one player on the Marlins roster (wrong) and we haven’t stopped talking about him since. So you can imagine our excitement when Pierre stepped up to the plate with 2 outs in the 9th inning. The Sox were down one, the tying run was on second, and there was no doubt in our minds that Pierre was hitting one out of Comerica to win the game for our road team. The universe just works that way. So what did Juan Pierre do??? He popped the first pitch straight up above the catcher’s head for the final out. Oh well.

Comerica Family of the Day

Matt, DJ, and I were the Comerica Family of the Day for one full inning, until the promotions girl kicked us out of the seats we were in for the real Family of the Day. We argued to keep the seats until a cameraman and a family of four showed up to claim their prize. We moved to our actual seats in the next row but we weren’t happy and Comerica will be lucky if they ever get any business from us in the future.

“I haven’t even had seats this nice at a Legends game.”

We were about 15-20 rows up from the field directly behind home plate. Not bad. Not bad at all.


Tigers 4, White Sox 3

Our home team curse was looking good when Chicago jumped off to a 3-0 start early in the game, but the Tigers clawed back to take the lead and never looked back. Who really cares, though?

None of us were robbed, shot, or stabbed.

So that’s good.

We saw our shadows this morning so there will be seven more days of baseball.

We thrive on randomness. That’s why we drove out of our way to stay in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania last night. Our hotel room looked like something out of the early 1900s. I think we went back in time. pux-hotelz65yt

Up Next: New York City

What up, Jack Demsey’s!!!!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

35 Comments for MLB Road Trip, Day 2: Detroit

  1. sexington
    10:38 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hahaha three people in that room? Have fun in New York fellas, enjoying these journal entries

  2. GummyBear
    10:40 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’d be scared to stay in Punxsutawney for fear of waking up to Sonny and Cher everyday for the rest of my life.

  3. JBR
    10:44 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Baseball still sucks. KSR disclaimer: Drew, if you don’t like my comments, then don’t read them. That is all.

  4. Fred
    10:46 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I sure hope you guys got some of the original coney dogs nearby!?

  5. ukfaninohio
    10:58 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    #3 has a point and go wolverines?

  6. Comerica Park Tiger
    11:01 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Rupp Arena needs a Wildcat the size (or bigger) of the Tiger at Comerica Park.

  7. Ballpark Franks
    11:02 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    leave it to drew to be suckin’ down weiners while watching men in uniforms play with balls…

  8. big blue
    11:02 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hashtagging on KSR doesn’t work. In case you didn’t notice, this isn’t Twitter.

  9. Asparagusisahomer
    11:04 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, write on the wall 100 times, “I will not disparage asparagus”. Asparagus is a homer.

  10. NYC Toilet
    11:04 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I bet drew is gonna have the beer shits and drop a few hot dog deuces in NY…

  11. wildcatfan11
    11:09 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    not much of a baseball fan myself unless its live but i really enjoy reading these. wish i could go to 9 games in 9 days. your all living he life

  12. Thomas Beisner
    11:11 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I like asparagus.

  13. Badgercat
    11:19 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, Comerica is a nice place. Detroit has problems, but Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham are completely different worlds in the northern ‘burbs. As to U of M – great school. Out of state is nearly $40 grand per year. In state it’s a bargain. Sending one kid to Ann Arbor (instate) and another to Oxford, OH (out of state) – the difference in tuition for both original public Ivy’s is huge. Out of state for Miami is almost identical to out of state for UM however…

  14. k
    11:20 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    You can’t name a single player on the Marlins roster? Wow. What about Hanley Ramirez, the consensus #2 pick in fantasy drafts this year? Going into this year, he was considered to be the second-best shortstop in baseball behind Tulowitzki. Mike Stanton (already 20 HRs on the year)? Logan Morrison (.363 OBP through his first 135 games)? Anibal Sanchez (excellent pitcher over the past two years)? Seriously, the Marlins are filled with good young players, so if you know so little about baseball as to not even know a single player on the Marlins roster, why even bother with this trip?

  15. bovolipernius
    11:20 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    that Pux, PA hotel room looks like the furniture section of a thrift store

  16. Big Cat Fan
    11:22 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    get a burger and fries from the Shake Shack at Citi field, you wont be sorry.

  17. voice of reason
    11:28 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    video of former uk baseballer ben revere floating around the web but have not seen it here yet

  18. ink
    11:28 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    go north

  19. voice of reason
    11:30 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    obviously revere not former uk player…former lex cath player

  20. dave baker
    11:40 am July 18, 2011 Permalink

    you couldnt name josh johnson or hanley ramirez?

  21. kentuckyfan
    12:10 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I stopped listening to the ksr radio broadcast the day I turned in on and all they wanted to do was tell some ignorant young man how to get a date. What a waste of air time. Now I come to this site and see a blog about a baseball trip. I can officially stop coming to this site now. Does it actually require a person of no intelligence to become a journalist or is it because they are all too lazy to go get real jobs.

  22. NBA league pass
    12:24 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    You lost me at “my children will go to Michigan”.

  23. Mike
    12:29 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    21 do you have grey hair? do you sit in the bottom tier at Rupp arena? yeah i thought so. get a sense of humor

  24. NotMattJones
    12:59 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    my turn in the bathtub i guess

  25. kentapolis
    1:35 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    sorry #22, Not a bash on UK as went there as well but given the choice for academics, my kids will go to UM as well. Of course I now live in Ann Arbor but my heart lies in Lex. UM just is a great place for college

  26. macon_volfan
    2:33 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    you could have the best of both worlds for your children #25 if you send them to Transy…

  27. iWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    3:00 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    I enjoy these posts. Being 21 makes me want to go on a road trip like this awfully bad.

    I’m surprised you’re using you paper for journal entries from this trip, I would think it would be for rollin doobies.

  28. Dgeorge
    3:39 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Awww man they weren’t the velcro shoes were they?

  29. Don
    3:58 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Matt, really enjoying the post. more pics please: dogs, rooms people you meet.

  30. Hey
    5:27 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    This sucks

  31. wildcat_marine
    5:30 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    14, your roommates are Mom and Dad. Drew, love the posts. You are quickly becoming a fan fave.

  32. nyc cat
    7:06 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    jack dempsey’s seriously blows. shoot me an email and i’ll give you a list of a dozen better bars. why we ever adopted that place is beyond me.

  33. nyc cat
    7:08 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    jack dempsey’s blows. shoot me an email and i’ll give you a dozen better bars. why we adopted that place is beyond me.

  34. nyc cat
    7:09 pm July 18, 2011 Permalink

    (my bad on the duplicate)

  35. FU of L
    4:10 am July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Why the hell would you drive all over the country and Canada without a GPS? That’s just stupid and unnecessary. Yeah, we have cars now, but let’s take the horse and buggy instead…