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The Tigers are starting an “energy squad”

Dec 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

Comerica Park

Corporate marketing and cheerleading! Two things that baseball doesn’t need more of, together at last!

The Tigers are looking for fun, energetic fans to be part of the DTE Energy Squad — a promotion, entertainment and fan-interaction team. The squad will help rile up the crowd at Comerica Park.

Members of the DTE Energy Squad will welcome fans to the park, distribute giveaway items and work alongside mascot Paws, dancing atop the dugouts and entertaining fans, according to the Tigers.

Due to my deep and personal connection to Tiger Stadium, I made it a point of principle not to visit Comerica Park for the first few years it was open.  After awhile I got realistic about things and dropped the protest, but I never have managed to make it up there for a game yet for a number of odd reasons.  In light of the pep squad, I may go back to avoiding the place on principle.

All I know is that if my Great Uncle Harry — the man who first took me to Tiger Stadium and was a season ticket holder there going back to the 40s — were still alive to see this, he’d take a sledge hammer to the place. And that’s saying something considering that he’d be 103-years-old now.

At the risk of crotchety old fogeyism, let me say that baseball in Detroit should smell like beer and cigars and should be watched by knowledgeable fans who have no time or patience for some amped-up teenager tasked with “riling them up.”  You know: like it always has been.

  1. ekwinski - Dec 23, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    The White Sox do this with the “Chevy Pride Crew.” It’s fairly annoying but in the end… they already have billboards, what’s a few more wearing short shorts?

  2. dt - Dec 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Meh. the “DTE Energy Squad” has been around for at least the last five years. Now that doesn’t make it right, but they are pretty non-intrusive, at most throwing T-shirts, handling the giveaways/contests and dancing around with the mascot between innings.

  3. heiniemanush - Dec 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    “baseball in Detroit should smell like beer and cigars”

    And, if my memory serves me well, marijuana and pigeon poop.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    You should watch a baseball game in Japan. The crowd and entertainment outside the lines has all the feel of a college football game.

    Yea, Craig, and we ought to be able to sit in the bleachers for a buck (50 cents for the centerfield bleachers in Cleveland). I watched a doubleheader from there in the summer of ’68 for 50 cents. That is still the most bang I’ve ever got for a half of buck.

  5. Utley's Hair - Dec 24, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    I’m a member of the lethargy squad myself.

  6. Detroit Michael - Dec 28, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    Like someone else wrote, the DTE Energy Squad has already been in existence. They are no big deal in either direction, although it is mildly humorous to witness the amount of security detail needed to prevent unauthorized people from walking on top of the dugouts.

    In general, Comerica Park is so much better a place to watch baseball than Tiger Stadium was. Tiger Stadium had smelly urinal troughs in the men’s restrooms. Tiger Stadium had beams and chain link fences creating obstructed views for a high percentage of the seats. Sure, it had the cool seats in the right field overhang, but (since I’ve never owned season tickets) I only got to sit there once.

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