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Chicken Dinner
02-14-2007, 02:44 PM
Looks like the final chapter has been written, and it includes a wrecking ball and dump trucks.

http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/article/1602481

WhiteSox5187
02-14-2007, 03:31 PM
Ah what a shame. I oughta try and get up there and see it before they tear it down. I'll admit it doesn't serve a whole lot of purpose standing anymore, but it's still sad to see it torn down...wasn't there talk of leaving Old Comiskey standing for awhile?

skobabe8
02-14-2007, 03:35 PM
As long as they do SOMETHING with it. It's been sitting there just rotting for too long already.

Fenway
02-14-2007, 03:39 PM
Saw my first game there in 1982 when the White Sox played the Tigers on a Saturday afternoon. I fell in love with the place and it became the #1 venue I have ever seen a game in.

Was last there for a game in 1991 and the place was falling apart then


Last went by the park last June and it was just sad to look at.

Honestly the whole city of Detroit is depressing as you can see how great it once was.

thomas35forever
02-14-2007, 05:08 PM
This is probably why Old Comiskey Park never even came close to preservation with city officials.

veeter
02-14-2007, 05:43 PM
Imagine standing on the mound of Tiger stadium, or any old park for that matter, in the middle of winter. The cold, empty park would be as far as it could be from a huge crowd, on a warm summer day. That's what makes me think of the ghosts and memories that are still inside. Baseball is just the best.

RedHeadPaleHoser
02-14-2007, 06:26 PM
It's sad, but I am glad to see a portion of it will remain as a baseball field.

All in all, it's a well written article on a sad subject.

WhiteSox5187
02-14-2007, 06:33 PM
This is probably why Old Comiskey Park never even came close to preservation with city officials.
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was. Old Comiskey has just as much, probably more, history than Wrigley...but I think so much of it had to do with class. Old Comiskey (and Tiger Stadium) was a gritty ballpark in a gritty part of town. It wasn't cute or romantic, but it fit in well with the area of town it was in. Tiger Stadium, you will be missed.

whitesoxfan1986
02-14-2007, 07:12 PM
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was. Old Comiskey has just as much, probably more, history than Wrigley...but I think so much of it had to do with class. Old Comiskey (and Tiger Stadium) was a gritty ballpark in a gritty part of town. It wasn't cute or romantic, but it fit in well with the area of town it was in. Tiger Stadium, you will be missed.
The Cubs will probably play in Wrigley until it either falls apart or is too dangerous for fans to sit in.

skobabe8
02-14-2007, 07:28 PM
The Cubs will probably play in Wrigley until it either falls apart or is too dangerous for fans to sit in.

So 2004?

Fenway
02-14-2007, 09:49 PM
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was.

3 major reasons

WGN-TV
NBC Game of the Week fell in love with Wrigley

and

sportswriters (especially out of town ) loved it because of the day games which meant Rush St at night

plus Dave Condon and the Tribune factor

DumpJerry
02-14-2007, 10:00 PM
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was. Old Comiskey has just as much, probably more, history than Wrigley...but I think so much of it had to do with class. Old Comiskey (and Tiger Stadium) was a gritty ballpark in a gritty part of town. It wasn't cute or romantic, but it fit in well with the area of town it was in. Tiger Stadium, you will be missed.
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Do you really wonder?

gobears1987
02-14-2007, 10:12 PM
A part of my life is going away.:(:

I spent much of my childhood living in Chelsea, MI, just west of Ann Arbor. We used to go there when the Sox were in town. I saw my first ball game there during the 1993 season when I was 4 and a half years old. In my first game there, I witnessed Frank Thomas hit a home run. From that moment on, I was a Sox fan. My parents were never big baseball fans so I could've easily become a Tigers fan living there. It was Frank Thomas who made me a Sox fan.

I will say it's probably better they are tearing it down. At least it didn't spend its vacant years like Shibe/Connie Mack did. Didn't that stadium burn to the ground?

FedEx227
02-14-2007, 11:16 PM
So 2004?

HI-OOOOH!

WhiteSox5187
02-14-2007, 11:55 PM
The Cubs will probably play in Wrigley until it either falls apart or is too dangerous for fans to sit in.
It is dangerous for fans to sit in...that netting they put up there is worthless. I worked with the Cubs in 2004 when the falling concrete thing happened and my boss told us this "If you happen to see a piece of concrete lying on the ground, pick it up and throw it out. Don't tell anyone." Great policy. The fans used to throw their garbage in those nets and the nets would start to sag under the three pounds of weight that was there. I shrudder to think what those things would do if three hundred pounds of weight were there (like the massive chunk of concrete that fell from Yankee Stadium, which is not as old and in better shape than Wrigley). My dad and I went to see the Cubs play the Tigers this year at Wrigley and as we were walking around the park my dad said "Comiskey was never in this bad of shape when they tore it down..." Someone is going to get killed in that park one day before they tear it down.

DSpivack
02-15-2007, 12:01 AM
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was. Old Comiskey has just as much, probably more, history than Wrigley...but I think so much of it had to do with class. Old Comiskey (and Tiger Stadium) was a gritty ballpark in a gritty part of town. It wasn't cute or romantic, but it fit in well with the area of town it was in. Tiger Stadium, you will be missed.

Old Comiskey was opened as the "Baseball Palace of the World", the (2nd?) largest park in baseball, and took over a year to build. It's classic look, with arches and all, remained throughout it's life span. Wheegham Park was built, in a manner of months, for "a fourth-rate team in a third-rate league." It has been added to, updated, and patched over the years, so that what it looks like now is nothing how it looked like the day it opened.

Medford Bobby
02-15-2007, 09:11 AM
The sad Comiskey Park saga is the ownership hated the old park because of it's continuing up keep. Even though I have been to only 3 games at the new park since 1991, I can't imagine any of you current fans who attend the new park would give up the space and many amenities. Nobody misses some Opening Days at the old park with drunk fans taking a leak in bathroom sinks.

They could have done alot more to mark the park's spot then just keeping home plate. Some old walls would have been cool!
Remember, parking beats out any Chicago history...screw the future Sox fans and their history....:whiner:

whitesoxfan1986
02-15-2007, 11:24 AM
May I rephrase the the previous statement. The Cubs will play in Wrigley Field until the entire park collapses OR someone gets seriously injured or dies by getting hit by some falling concrete and sues them. I forgot that it is already falling apart.

DoItForDanPasqua
02-15-2007, 04:41 PM
It's a shame that it can't be preserved. I wonder if they are still going to allow people into Tiger Stadium on the Tiger's opening day. I can't find anything about it.

IndianWhiteSox
02-16-2007, 04:04 AM
It is sad that they won't be able to maintain the upkeep for this stadium anymore, but that's the sign of the times.

ComiskeyBrewer
02-16-2007, 04:52 AM
It's too bad most of the stadium is gonna be torn down, but atleast they are leaving some of it up, and it will still be a baseball park.

MeteorsSox4367
02-16-2007, 12:54 PM
I got to see Seattle and the Tigers play in '99, the last season of Tiger Stadium. I just remember getting off the expressway (I-75?) with three other guys in the car and just remarking about the condition of the neighborhood.

As for the park itself, I loved it - but then again, I'm a geek and I love old ballparks. A friend of mine had told me that since I missed Old Comiskey, I would find Tiger Stadium very interesting.

At least they're keeping part of the facility up which is more than can be said for the Stadium, Comiskey and the International Amphitheatre (home of the WHA's Chicago Cougars).

Oblong
02-16-2007, 06:01 PM
Actually the area around Tiger Stadium is improving and is being held back by Tiger Stadium. It's a valuable piece of property due to it's freeway access. South of the stadium, across Michigan Ave, is a nice neighborhood where lots of young couples have built and restored the turn of the century stores. Granted it stinks they have to still live in Detroit, due to property taxes, insurance, etc. but at least they are doing their part to make it look nice.

I've not been back since the last game. I said my good byes. They needed to get rid of it 3 or 4 years ago. I loved going to games there but I also love going to Comerica Park. Each has/have their own things to offer. Many people here try to get into a Comerica Park vs. Tiger Stadium debate, as

Oblong
02-16-2007, 09:18 PM
wow, my son must have come and clicked something because I didn't mean to hit "reply".

anyway.... my point was that Comerica and Tiger Stadium each offered it's own things. My last 3 seasons at the stadium I had upper deck season tickets, about 15 rows above what was the tiger bullpen along the 3B line. When we got to Comerica Park we realized those seats didn't even exist. The best seats in baseball were the first few rows in the upper deck at Tiger Stadium. You were right over the field.

TommyJohn
02-17-2007, 10:40 AM
I never understood why Wrigley was hailed as a shrine and will be preserved but Old Comiskey never was. Old Comiskey has just as much, probably more, history than Wrigley...but I think so much of it had to do with class. Old Comiskey (and Tiger Stadium) was a gritty ballpark in a gritty part of town. It wasn't cute or romantic, but it fit in well with the area of town it was in. Tiger Stadium, you will be missed.


Comiskey Park was damned as a dump during its lifetime. There was no
romantic appeal for writers looking for flowery phrases. There is A LOT
of history in Comiskey Park, not just in baseball, but when its gates
closed we had sneerers yap about the Black Sox Scandal and how it
was in a slum and let's see....nothing else.

viagracat
02-17-2007, 11:22 AM
May I rephrase the the previous statement. The Cubs will play in Wrigley Field until the entire park collapses OR someone gets seriously injured or dies by getting hit by some falling concrete and sues them. I forgot that it is already falling apart.

The Cubs know Wrigley is pretty much the only reason they enjoy such an exalted status:puking: , so they will never leave it barring a sea change in overall attitudes toward such things.

However, there will be some point, probably within the next 15-20 years at the very most, where the Cubs will have to totally re-do Wrigley to the point where the park will be closed for a year or more, forcing the Cubs to play their games somewhere else. Could that "somewhere else" be the Cell?

Can't wait for the discourse here if and when that happens. :cool:

viagracat
02-17-2007, 11:31 AM
Comiskey Park was damned as a dump during its lifetime. There was no
romantic appeal for writers looking for flowery phrases. There is A LOT
of history in Comiskey Park, not just in baseball, but when its gates
closed we had sneerers yap about the Black Sox Scandal and how it
was in a slum and let's see....nothing else.

I also don't remember a lot of love being bestowed on old Comiskey--until, of course, plans were made for a new ballpark. And THEN there was some hue and cry to save the old park and reminiscing about the place. But by then it was too late, and most likely wouldn't have happened anyway. No city wants a white elephant that big.

That also goes for Tiger Stadium.

C-Dawg
02-20-2007, 01:36 PM
I also don't remember a lot of love being bestowed on old Comiskey--until, of course, plans were made for a new ballpark. And THEN there was some hue and cry to save the old park and reminiscing about the place.

Just be thankful they didn't build in Addison! A couple years ago the Tribune showed a picture of a scale model of the proposed suburban ballpark, and it really was a white elephant. I might try and find that pic so I can post it here.

WhiteSox5187
02-20-2007, 02:14 PM
The Cubs know Wrigley is pretty much the only reason they enjoy such an exalted status:puking: , so they will never leave it barring a sea change in overall attitudes toward such things.

However, there will be some point, probably within the next 15-20 years at the very most, where the Cubs will have to totally re-do Wrigley to the point where the park will be closed for a year or more, forcing the Cubs to play their games somewhere else. Could that "somewhere else" be the Cell?

Can't wait for the discourse here if and when that happens. :cool:
They'll be lucky to draw ten thousand fans if that's the case.