The West Michigan Whitecaps aquired four seats from the historic Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The seats have been inserted behind home plate at 5/3 Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mi. Section 117, Row 9, to be exact.
The purpose is to give fans an opportunity to watch the future of the Detroit Tigers organization from a piece of the Tigers past. The seat are named after four Tiger legands: Kirk Gibson, Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, and Ernie Harwell. Pricing for the seats are a package deal for $80 and you get free t-shirts as well. The only exeption will be Saturday games, where the seats will be given away as prizes.
I can see Cobb, Kaline, and even Harwell getting recognized, but maybe not Gibson. Kirk is a huge favorite in Detroit, but I was thinking Alan Trammell would be better. He was the 1984 World Series MVP, and a former Tigers manager also. Gibson and Trammell were up here in the U.P. recently snowmobiling. Trammell was very personable with fans and signed autographs, while Gibson refused to aknowledge his fans. Trammell is just a better ambassodor for the Tigers I think.
I would love to see a seat named after my favorite of all time, Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych. He packed Tiger Stadium in the late '70's. Actually, there are so many Tiger legends I would love to here comments from other Tiger fans on who they would like to see recognized.
This is a great gimmick for the 'Caps to use. Any baseball fan has a special place in his/her heart for Tigers Stadium if you've ever been their. It was a classic in it's own right.
Here is the official link to the Whitecaps website: