The Tigers' Best 4th Of July At Comerica Park

Grab a beer and settle in. 

Will Burchfield
July 02, 2020 - 5:54 pm

For the first time in three years, there will be baseball at Comerica Park on the 4th of July. No, not real baseball, not two teams and nine players to a side, but the thought of the Tigers on the field is enough to take us on a patriotic trip through time. 

You can hear the national anthem. You can smell the hot dogs and taste the beer. If you can't, go grab one from the fridge as we revisit the best games at Comerica Park on our country's birthday. 

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The first game came in 2001, a 6-4 victory over Kansas City. Jeff Weaver pitched seven strong innings. Robert Fick and Juan Encarnacion went deep. Matt Anderson got the save -- no, really, Matt Anderson got the save -- and the fans went home happy on a Wednesday afternoon.

Now onto the top three. 

2017: 5-3 W vs. San Francisco 

Before the roster was razed this year -- before the Tigers took the first step toward where they are now -- Michael Fulmer took the hill against the Giants and pitched Detroit to a feel-good win on the 4th. The key hit was delivered by Justin Upton, a two-out, two-run single to break a 3-3 tie in the 7th. Fulmer, in his bulldog youth, came back out and cruised through the eighth. Justin Wilson got the save. 

2007: 6-4 W vs. Cleveland 

How's this for a trip down memory lane? Kenny Rogers threw the first pitch of the game to Grady Sizemore. Carlos Guillen drove in the first run of the game off Jake Westbrook. Brandon Inge drove in the second. Detroit jumped out to a 5-1 lead, then called on Todd Jones to nail down the save. The win pulled the Tigers within one game of Cleveland; they'd move into a tie for first place the next day. 

2012: 5-1 W vs. Minnesota

The best 4th of July at Comerica Park almost never happened. A sell-out crowd had to wait out a rain delay that pushed back first pitch to 9:30 p.m. -- and so did Justin Verlander. Good thing he stayed loose. Verlander treated the fans to a complete game, and Miguel Cabrera provided the fireworks with two home runs on his way to the Triple Crown. The victory triggered a six-game win streak for the Tigers, who would rally to win the division and the American League pennant.

By the way, Verlander's ERA over four starts on the 4th, all with the Tigers: 1.91. And Miggy's average over nine games with the Tigers: .387