The Detroit Tigers Are Roaring Again

Owner Mike Ilitch made risky movesand threw good money after badto turn around this struggling city's big league team
MR. I He wants the Tigers mentioned in the same breath as the Yanks Michael Nemeth

It's a warm, late August evening at Comerica park in downtown Detroit, and the hometown Tigers are chasing the New York Yankees for the fourth and final playoff spot. The atmosphere is electric, and the sellout crowd is on its feet as the Tigers keep slamming away en route to a 16-0 victory. Over the four-game set against the Bronx Bombers, 170,000 fans filled every seat, with some paying $15 to stand on a balcony over the right-field wall. By mid-September, the team would draw a record 3 million, double the attendance in 2003.

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