After a drive up from Indy, we checked in to the landmark Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Nice view of the river and over into Canada, eh?
It was "Parrothead Night" at Comerica, a park I think is very underrated. Lots of Buffett tunes and a great floppy hat giveaway.
We got to our seats in time for a bit of batting practice. Yes, these were very good seats. No nosebleeds on this tour!
Verlander didn't have his best stuff against the Angels, but even "off" he's electric.
The fountains in center are a great feature. Like I said, this is a very underrated park. It was pretty packed for fireworks night.
After Torii Hunter exploded during the game, we went out to center to watch the fireworks.
We headed to Cleveland Saturday morning. Cleveland has so many BP alumni that I feel like we should get some credit on the marquee!
Contrary to media reports, I saw no evidence of damage from riots at the Q. The Cavaliers seem to be the only thing hurt by LeBron's exit.
Madonna once said "Beauty's where you find it." At a ballpark like they have in Cleveland and a day like this, beauty's easy to find.
We took a tour of the park. I'd seen most of it, but I liked watching the kids on the tour.
Dugouts aren't that exciting, but this is a nice view. Granted, Manny Acta hasn't really liked what he's seen from his perch in the dugout this season.
Warning! Don't walk on the grass. We were warned over and over not to touch the grass. More on this later.
They'll put ads anywhere these days. The visiting bullpen? Good placement, I guess.
One advantage of going on the tour was being in before the press. The Twins tried to hide Joe Mauer's throwing session, but I was there.
Manny Acta is going to win in Cleveland. He hasn't lost his confidence despite a tough season.
John Perrotto in search of some caffeine. I already had my Mountain Dew, plus I knew where the Leinenkugel stand was downstairs.
A panorama of Progressive Field. Very nice park.
Indians legends await Kenny Lofton's induction into the Indians Hall of Fame. (McDowell, Nagy, Thornton, Alomar, Hargrove, Feller)
Bob Feller tries to convince Manny Acta that in his day, Fausto Carmona would finish the game and wouldn't need any new fangled "sinker."
Remember "don't walk on the grass?" Kenny Lofton was being driven around in a new E-Class convertible. I guess it's ok if you're Kenny Lofton. I'm not mad.
The teams wore throwback unis. Joe Mauer is modeling the 1909 St Paul Gophers. Collars and funny sleeves didn't help the very dark look.
Fausto Carmona was not scared to pitch the MVP inside. A few more strikes wouldn't have hurt.
We woke up Sunday in Cleveland. Not too "Hot."
A quick drive down to Pittsburgh in the morning brought us to the prettiest ballpark in baseball.
The Cavalry is up on the posters outside PNC.
You HAVE to go to Primanti Brothers. The big sandwich should come with a side of Lipitor, but so good.
Beautiful day, beautiful view from PNC.
PNC Panorama. If you've been in my office, this might look familiar.
Lil' Parrot? That's new. The Pirate Parrot -- or the guy inside -- is actually an Indy native.
Once again, nice seats. Big League Tours doesn't get the Uecker seats -- you're actually darn near in the front row.
Our group, after the game - everyone from families to friends and by the end of the tour, we were all friends.
Another day, another ballpark. This time, Cincy's Great American Ballpark.
I've always wondered why the "Reds" went with a Soviet-era motif around their park.
Dave Parker and Martha Talyor strolling through the Diamond Club seats. Bit of a size difference.
Chase Pfeffer gets Dave Parker's autograph. Dave hung out with us, answering questions and taking pictures for two hours.
The Cobra and The Knife.
All Martha needs is a magic toothpick to take over from Dusty Baker's perch in the dugout.
Baseball what? This is confusing.
The 1990 World Series trophy. I'm stunned this thing doesn't break during the celebrations. It's certainly not as celebration friendly as the Stanley Cup or the Lombardi Trophy.
Pete Rose's status in the Reds Hall of Fame is scary. If you watch Doctor Who, you know what I mean.
I am only required to stay 500 feet away from Pete Rose, not his jersey.
Tony LaRussa and Mark McGwire (just to his left, if you couldn't tell) watch batting practice.
Nice crowd, but not a sellout, for the first game of the big Cards-Reds series on Monday. We missed the brawl!
Albert Pujols is good at baseball. The Reds used a pretty hard shift for both Pujols and Colby Rasmus.
No blogging in the pressbox? Don't tell this newspaperman, who will remain nameless.
It was a nice night, if not a nice result for the Reds. Home teams went 0 for 4 during our tour. If you're interested in a tour like this, check out bigleaguetours.com. 2011 tours are being planned now!
For some, the highlight of the trip was ending up in the same hotel as the Jonas Brothers on the last night.