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Thinking about what could have been – Mt. Clemens & Macomb County

May 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Mt. Clemens

Leighann and Kris This past Friday I made a short trip with my niece Leighann to an area just north of Grand Rapids MI to attend our first ever minor league baseball game.

The Whitecaps are a Detroit Tigers affiliate team and for years I’ve heard about the beautiful family friendly ballpark in Comstock Park and how much it means to the local community.

Several years ago there was talk about a minor league baseball park being built in Mt. Clemens and I have to tell you, I read all the stories that came out through that decision making process with more than just a bit of interest.

After 3 years of studies it was finally determined that bringing a minor league ballpark and baseball team into the heart of Macomb County wasn’t feasible. The “where to be built?” and the “who is going to pay for it?” types of questions couldn’t be answered nor worked out to everyones satisfaction and the hopes of a ballpark for families to enjoy fell through.

Friday night I was once again reminded of how much fun it would have been for the community to have had such a ballpark in our area and that it could have been a great success for the whole area.

Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park is a beautiful park that is geared towards family fun. Everything they do during the prior to the games and during the games in between innings revolved around children.

A couple of touching scenes:
Whitecaps ballplayers on the field during the Star Spangled Banner
Children sang the Star Spangled Banner.

During player introductions the players ran out on the field with children as buddies to their positions. The children stayed their during the Star Spangled Banner with their player-buddies.

At the end of each inning children were involved with games and raffles.

“Happy Birthday” was sung on the field just prior to the game with the children celebrating their birthdays center stage.

Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park MII remarked many times during the game to my niece that I wish there had been such a ballpark in our county when they were children. What fun times we all could have had during the spring and summer months so close to home!

The whole atmosphere was family friendly and priced to keep the family budget in mind: Parking was $4. The highest priced ticket was $10. There are 2 lawn areas along the left and right field lines that are economically priced.

In the movie the “Field of Dreams” there is a quote: If you build it, they will come.

Perhaps when the economy picks up in Macomb County the dreams of hosting a minor league ballpark & team will be realized. I fully believe that if it is built, people will come and enjoy.

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