Look at what’s happened to me,
I can’t believe it myself.
Suddenly I’m up on top of the world,
Should have been somebody else.
Believe it or not I’m waking on air
I never thought I could feel so free
Flying away on a wing and a prayer
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it’s just me.
Looks like the light of a new day,
Hit me from out of the blue.
Breaking me out of the spell I was in,
Making all of my wishes come true.
Yes I am using short lived obscure early 80’s TV theme music tonight. (Greatest American Hero for all you young’uns)
With the Tigers winning, there are some remarkable phenomena taking place. Take for example this story that Dave left in the comments :
I’ve mentioned before that I grew up in Detroit (Taylor); lived there until I was 22. For most of my adult life (I’m 43 now), I’ve lived in Chicago. One of the guys who works with me has season tickets to the White Sox. He said last night there was scoreboard watching. When the Royals put up a “4″ early in the game, there was a cheer from the crowd. Toward the end of the game, when the Tigers put up a “4″ in the 8th, there was a collective groan. The White Sox faithful are aware.
There are other fans worried about the Tigers. And it’s not in the sense of “why does team X always seem to get to play the Tigers, we’ll never catch em.” They fear them.
And that’s not all. Other teams are fearing them – and those teams are the Yankees and Red Sox. Jayson Stark with Mike & Mike (insider) mentions that the AL East powers are worried about the White Sox and Tigers running away with the wild card.
One place that those teams, and the Tigers had been talked about pursuing help was in Dontrelle Willis. However, Peter Gammons says (insider) that while 2 teams have called the Marlins, Dontrelle isn’t going anywhere right now.
Finally, in another strange sign, there is a serious demand for Tiger tickets. I work near the stadium, so when I plan on going to a game I just head on down to the ticket office. You can park on the street and hop out and get your tickets. Well, when I went on Monday to get tickets for this weekend, I was stunned to see other cars parked on the street. There was a line of a dozen people waiting to buy tickets. And there were 4 ticket windows open. And it was a Monday, with the team in Kansas City. I’ve never seen more than one person buying tickets during a non game time before.
With Cleveland, New York, and Boston coming to town for a 10 game homestand, the Tigers could very well sell out 7-8 of those games. I’d be surprised if the attendance for any of the games was below 35,000. Between the marquee match-ups, the half off box seats for the Cleveland series, and a city that is buzzing about their team, this stands to be the most electric homestand since Comerica opened.
It’s hard to believe it was just last week I was lamenting the poor attendance.