Dear Crabby, What is a Kraken?

Dear Crabby, One of the things I’ve really been missing during this pandemic is live, televised sporting events, so I was thrilled when hockey started up again. And then Seattle announced its new team name for the 2021–22 season – Kraken. Is this a joke? It has to be one of the silliest names in sports. What do you think? Thanks! B. Barnburner Dear B. Barnburner, Personally, I’m more of a baseball man and so far the Detroit Tigers aren’t doing half bad. Maybe we need to have a … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Hopes for 2020?

Dear Crabby, A new year is right around the corner. Is there anything you’re looking forward to in 2020? Thanks! Nancy Nuova Dear Nancy Nuova, Ahhh, yes. Here we are once again on the cusp of a new year. All that optimism is enough to make anyone gag. This week the circulars clogging our mailboxes will be filled with ads and sales to improve your health and organize your home. And let’s not forget about all the New Year’s resolutions people are going to make… and break before … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who Will Win the World Series?

Dear Crabby, I know you’re a huge baseball fan—particularly The Detroit Tigers. Even though they aren’t competing in the World Series, I wondered if you had any predictions on which team will win: the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals. Thanks! Ace Fireman Dear Ace Fireman, You are absolutely correct that I am a baseball fanatic. Ahhh. The crack of the bat. It’s one of my favorite springtime sounds. And I do love the Tigers. In fact, I wrote about who my favorite Tiger is a … [Read more...]

Friends of Rochester Hills Public Library Sponsoring Comerica Park Tour May 30

The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL) is sponsoring a tour of Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, on Thursday, May 30. All proceeds will benefit Library programs. The team moved to Comerica Park in 2000 and the tour provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the ballpark including the dugouts, the press box, the clubhouse, the Walk of Fame, and more. Tour participants will meet at Tiger Club lobby which is located near the corner of Witherell Street and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Watch the World Cup?

Dear Crabby, With the World Cup kicking off, I find myself wondering, should I bother to watch it? Also, if I do, should I call it soccer or football? Thanks! P. Lay Dear P. Lay, Ahhh, yes. The FIFA World Cup, which in case you weren’t aware stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Like the Olympics, this global event happens every four years and brings out all the Americans pretending they care or even know anything about the game. Personally, I’m a baseball … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Who’s Your Tiger?

Dear Crabby, I am so excited for Opening Day! While I love sports in general, there’s really nothing like springtime baseball in Detroit. So, I was curious: do you like baseball? And if you are a Detroit Tigers’ fan, which player is your favorite? Thanks! Casey Cooperstown Dear Mr. Cooperstown, Of course, I’m a Detroit Tigers’ fan! Honestly. How can anyone not love this franchise? Although, with the passing of Mr. Ilitch earlier this year, it’s going to be an emotional season. I … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is Sitting During the National Anthem Un-American?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem because as he put it, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Do you think not standing for the national anthem is un-American? Thanks, Paulina Paz Dear Ms. Paz, Yes, it is un-American. If you don’t stand for the national anthem you’re a horrible person who should vacate … [Read more...]

Travel with the OPC: Detroit Tigers’ Game

Spend a day at Comerica Park watching the Detroit Tigers take on the Anaheim Angels, Thursday, August 27, 2015. You'll enjoy lower baseline box seats, hot dog and pop, and hopefully a Tigers' victory! Hurry! The refund deadline for this trip is Friday, July 24. All OPC trips can be found online at www.OPCSeniorCenter.org. Please note, travelers do not have to be OPC members, but they must be 50+ to travel on these trips and all non-members pay a $10 fee. Call (248) 659-1030 or (248) … [Read more...]

Detroit Tigers: Colorful Characters, Memorable Players, Mangers, and Events in Tiger History

Part of the Michigan Heritage Series The Detroit Tigers are one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Join Scott "Chooch" Westgate and Doug "Moonlight" Otlewski from the Rochester Grangers as they introduce you to the unusual characters and unbelievable events that have occurred in Tigers’ history. Admission is free for Museum members, $3 students and seniors, and $5 for adults. Refreshments will be served. To register please call 248.656.4663 or email at … [Read more...]

RAHS March Meeting: “Detroit City of Champions”

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will hold its evening meeting for members and the public on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town, in Rochester. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Charles Avison who will discuss the incredible series of events in 1934-1935 that let up to an amazing sports season in Detroit – the season in which the Detroit Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won their first championships, and the season in … [Read more...]