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Jun 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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After enjoying 12 innings of baseball last night I am of the conclusion that The Cell is a great place to watch a Detroit Tigers game. 

Apr 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot during the national anthem and a US Navy flyover prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot during the national anthem and a US Navy flyover prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

One of the most fortunate things about living in West Michigan is that I’m never too far from an MLB stadium. With Comerica Park and US Cellular Field each about 2.5 hours away, I can watch my favorite team both at home and away.

While the friendly confines of Comerica Park is full of like-minded Detroit Tigers fans, it should come as no surprise that The Cell is loaded with numerous visitors wearing orange and blue. 

There are several reasons to catch a Tigers vs. Sox game at The Cell. One of the best reasons is batting practice. At Comerica Park, the Tigers take batting practice first, so the fans who are let in 90 minutes prior to game time never get to see their boys hit bombs all over the park. This is not the case at The Cell. As the visiting team, the Tigers take BP last and honestly, there is nothing in baseball quite like watching Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, and Victor Martinez swing away over and over again.

Another reason to watch the Tigers in Chicago is the Chicago fan base. Regardless of what you think of the White Sox as a team, they have fantastic fans. They love this team, but it’s a tough love. They know each player’s weakness and they are not afraid to call the players out on their mistakes or lack of hustle. Avisail Garcia is one of the frequent recipients of in-game criticism. The White Sox fans are not as tormented as Chicago Cubs fans, so they still have fun in a light-hearted way. And, boy, do the Sox fans dislike the Cubs fans. Do not wear Cubs gear to The Cell. If you show up with your Tigers gear on, you will get a little flack, but it’s all said with smiles.

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If you do catch a game at The Cell, be sure to bring plenty of money because the food is good – really good. There are several options, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, and plenty of options loaded with your favorite meats. They also serve Coca-Cola products, which is a rarity at stadiums in the Midwest. You won’t find fancy beers at The Cell – but the White Sox are not a fancy team. As a soft-pretzel-connoisseur, I give the White Sox pretzels a big thumbs up (especially compared to the over-cooked dried-out pretzel that I recently had at Wrigley Field.) The Churros and Fried Mac & Cheese Bites are delish. The waffle fries were perfectly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The fans around me devoured their loaded nachos in a helmet and kebabs topped with bacon. The prices are not cheap, but no stadium is known for affordable food.

There is a big misconception about US Cellular Field that I would like to dispel. Yes, the field is on the Southside of Chicago, which is known to be the “tougher” side of town. But, in all of the games that I have attended, I have never once felt anything but secure and safe. The area around the stadium is clean. There are not any decrepit and decaying building (like the ones around Comerica Park). The neighborhoods around the stadium are maintained and the homes look loved. The US Cellular parking lots are plentiful, clean, and affordable ($20 on the weekdays and $10 on weekends) and some people actually tailgate – but, nothing like they do in Milwaukee.

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If you have been avoiding The Cell because it’s on the Southside, by all means, get over it and get to the stadium. 

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