Detroit Tigers July Game Pass Review #2

Jul 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrates his home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrates his home run in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Unfortunately, the Detroit Tigers did not win the three-game series against the Minnesota Twins, but my experience with the July Game Pass continued to be a winner. This three-game series came with good seats, Ian Kinsler home runs, and serious heat.

Weekday games at Comerica Park are slightly different than the weekend games. The are more available seats and no 50/50 raffle.

There is also more traffic in the Detroit area during the week – especially after a day game.

Game 4: July 18 vs. Twins

This was a Monday night game and the first time my son and I had ever sat near the right-field foul pole. We were in Section 112, in the Lower Baseline Box seats. The foul pole is actually in this section, so there is a chance that seats could be right behind it. Ours were not.

Jul 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Boyd (48) pitches in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matt Boyd (48) pitches in the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Prior to the game, my son got autographs from Cameron Maybin, Dustin Molleken, and Nick Castellanos.

I actually really liked these seats. It was easy to see the pitches and to watch the entire game. Matt Boyd was pitching and he pitched a shut-out. There weren’t many people in the section, so we actually didn’t sit in the row and seats that were assigned to us. Even though the seats were far from the action, everyone was still cheering on the Tigers – just like they do around the dugout.

The only bad part about the seats was the constant noise from the pitching game right behind the section. When people throw a pitch, it pounds into the padded wall in the cage. It’s very loud and easy to hear throughout the section.

My son got pizza at the park. He didn’t want the “Super Slice” because he’s not a fan of all that crust. Fortunately, in the Big Cat Court, there is a Little Caesars that offers slices from round pizzas.

Game 5: July 19 vs. Twins

My husband wanted to go to one game, so I told him he could go when Anibal Sanchez was pitching. He and my son sat in Section 116 in an aisle seat. Even though this was prime foul ball territory, nothing much came their way. They liked the seats, but they were on the wrong side of the aisle – so people were frequently walking in front of them.

On a side note, my husband did get a parking ticket for parking in a two-hour spot on Montcalm Street near the Engine #1 Fire Station. The ticket was for $45.

Game 6: July 20 vs. Twins

This was the first day game that we attended, since we missed the one on Sunday. Our tickets for this game were in Section 140, which is on the third-base side of the field. Since it was extremely hot, I looked for upgrades to get into the shaded areas of the park. Unfortunately, the upgrades to the Tiger Den and the First Base Terrace were all taken. I did not buy Third-Base Terrace because the sun shines into those seats.

Jul 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Spectator runs onto the field and is tackled by a Detroit police officer during the seventh inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Spectator runs onto the field and is tackled by a Detroit police officer during the seventh inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

I did buy upgrades to the Right Field Balcony because I heard those were outstanding seats. I also had a $5 coupon, so I spent $19 total to get to those seats. These are the seats that near the New Amsterdam 416 Bar. Our upgrades were in the Balcony 1 section in seats 9 and 10. These seats were awful! The view of the park was beautiful, but the foul pole completely blocked the pitcher’s mound.

The Right Field Balcony seats do come with a table and wait service. There is a limited menu with burgers, pretzels, and a few other items as well as some specialty drinks. We ordered two pops and paid $11 and a tip.

Fortunately, the upgrade did not take our seats in Section 140, so we went there after we got our pops and paid the bill. I wanted to see Justin Verlander pitch. There were not many people sitting in this section, so we had our choice of seats. The seats were HOT, but they cooled down after sitting in them for a minute or so. They offered a good view of the game and the Tigers bullpen.

During the later innings, a spectator jumped on the field during one of Victor Martinez‘s at-bats. To the delight of the laughing crowd, he dodged the security officers a few times, but eventually was tackled and handcuffed at center field. It was clear that the security officers were frustrated and the tackle was violent. 

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It was so hot on Wednesday that we weren’t hungry, so we enjoyed plenty of pops and the Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade Cups. For $4.75, the frozen lemonade was a good deal because it lasts so long.

This game was a day game and let out just as rush hour was starting in Detroit. The traffic getting out of Detroit and the suburbs was slow and crowded. It usually takes us 2.5 hours to get home, but it took us nearly four hours because of the traffic.

Prior to this game, my son got autographs from Matt Boyd, Shane Greene, Omar Vizquel, and Dave Clark.

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After five games, sitting in different spots, the July Game Pass continues to be a good purchase. I’m a big sad that I only have three games left to attend and I’m hoping that an August Pass will be announced soon!!