Detroit Tigers Playoff Potential Creating Excitement

Aug 6, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) take the field in the first inning against the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 6, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) take the field in the first inning against the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Comerica Park has become a hotbed of excitement as the Detroit Tigers are showing they are on track to be playoff contenders.

After attending seven of the home games in July and four of the six home games so far in August, the buzz in the park has gotten real. So, real that the Saturday night game was a sell-out. Even the standing-room-only sections were packed with people in their Detroit Tigers gear.

It has been a long time since the Tigers have sold out the stadium. Right now, the Tigers at Comerica Park are sitting right in the middle of the attendance records for 2016. They have sold an average of 31,546 tickets for their home games. Comerica Park has a capacity of 41,782.

One of the biggest signs that the Tigers are playing great baseball is the fact that people are staying in their seats until the end of the game. Fans have trended towards leaving early – in the bottom of the 7th or 8th innings – because the traffic can get a bit hectic in downtown Detroit. This is not happening anymore. They would also leave because the baseball just wasn’t very good.

The times have quickly changed.

Aug 5, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Fan hold up “K” signs for Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (not pictured) during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Fan hold up “K” signs for Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (not pictured) during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

The park has become THE place to be. The baseball is good and the fans are loving it.

Saturday night’s game was a bit quiet at first, but once the offense got going, so did the fans. In my opinion, the noise should go both ways. It would be nice to see the fans give some noise to the players, even if their bats are quiet. Look what happened to J.D. Martinez on Wednesday. All that fan-love helped him swing for the fences.

After the pinch-hit home run on Wednesday, Martinez told the media: “I wasn’t expecting to get that kind of ovation that they gave me when I was walking in. That was awesome. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If I could thank the fans individually, I would thank them. That was just really cool.”

Imagine what could happen if all of Tigers players received loud love from the fans before their at-bats. The fans don’t need to give them standing ovations, but some attention in the form of cheers and claps can go a long way.

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Cheering for the players makes the game more enjoyable to watch. Comerica Park is a special place filled with like-minded people. Even the fans from the opposing teams share the same love for baseball. Everyone at the park has stories to share about their favorite games, their favorite players, and their favorite places to sit. Getting to know fellow fans makes cheering even easier. When one fan gets started with the cheers, the rest follow suit.

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The Tigers and the fans are making Comerica Park a must-see location in Michigan! Get your tickets before they’re gone!  #HereComestheTigers