Before heading north to our next game in Detroit we decided to take a little detour and head south to Louisville where the Louisville Slugger Museum is located. For those that don’t know, Louisville Slugger is a bat maker and provides around 60% of the wooden bats for the players in the Major Leagues. They allow people to come tour the factory and they also have a little museum on the history of the bat and baseball in general.
We arrived just as one of the factory tours was about to start and our tour guide was an older gentlemen who was extremely knowledgeable about baseball. The tour started with them showing us how they used to make the bats by hand and were told this method would take around 30 minutes. Then we headed towards the new machines that can make bats in 30 seconds. During the tour the guide would show short videos and pass around bats for us to take a look at. The tour lasted around 30 minutes and was a lot of fun and is something I’m really glad we did. After that we watched a 15 minute long video that featured past and present players talking about hitting.
After the Louisville Slugger Museum we drove to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Our friend Dan had arranged to get us tickets for the Kentucky Derby Museum, which we can’t thank him enough for. I wasn’t to sure what to expect since I don’t watch a lot of horse racing but was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The museum included a very information tour of Churchill Downs where we were able to walk down the Hall of Champions, stand in the winner’s circle, and get a nice view of the track. The guide then took us to visit Mine That Bird who won the Kentucky Derby back in 2009 I believe. Overall we really enjoyed our experience and were happy that we had the opportunity to visit. We would also like to thank Dan for allowing us to stay at his apartment as well even though he was not in town; thanks Dan for making our experience in Louisville a great one! An additional thank you to Ms. Carla for providing us with tickets!
The next day we made the 5-6 hour drive to Detroit where we would be meeting up with another friend from the bike trip, Megan. We met her at the Motor City Hotel where we would be staying for the night. Megan had won a free nights stay at this hotel and she wasn’t planning on using it so she allowed us to. The hotel was extremely nice and provided a great view of the city. After checking in and relaxing a bit we went to see stadium #27, Comerica Park!
Some rain storms had fallen upon Detroit which caused the game to be delayed for about 40 minutes but they eventually passed and the game got underway around 8pm. Comerica has a beautiful entrance with a large tiger and two bats out in front of the stadium. The stadium sits right next to Ford Field where the Lions play and is a short walk to most of the popular places around the city. One of our favorite features inside were the statues they had in left field of past Tiger legends such as Hammerin Hank Greenberg and Ty Cobb. They also had probably the best looking hot dogs of all the stadiums which we had the opportunity to try thanks to Megan!
The game was going by very quickly until the last few innings when the wheels completely fell off for the Tigers. We had the opportunity to see Justin Verlander pitch who, over the last few years, has been one of the game’s best pitchers. We also saw a little history as Alex Rios went 6 for 6 and was the first person to ever get 4 hits in one game off Verlander.
We would like to thank Megan for not only joining us for the game but for provided us with an awesome hotel room and tickets for the Tigers game! Now we’re off to Camden Yards in Baltimore which is one of the fields I’ve been most excited to see on this trip! The end is in site!
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