Saturday in Detroit

Monday, April 28, 2008

We spent Saturday afternoon at a baseball game with our friend Joel, and his japanese friend, Okuda-san, who was in town for the weekend (we will always remember our first day in Japan, which was commemorated by this lovely photo featuring sleepy Jon and I and yawning Okuda-san!).

For those of you that know us (and Joel), you'll know that we're not so into baseball (or any sports for that matter). The things that were coming out of our mouths at the game were quite comical:

"What team are they playing?"

"I don't know, the Los Angeles something that starts with an 'A'"

"Okuda-san says that Ordoñez is a pretty popular player" (while totally butchering the name Ordoñez)

"What's a double play?"

"How long do these things last?"

"Is it over yet?"

"What just happened?"

"It would be cool to design graphics for those skinny billboards. It would be like ultra-ultra-wide screen."

I'm sure the super fans sitting around us were laughing at all the comments we were making about the game! We did end up learning a lot about baseball via Joel translating Okuda-san's play-by-plays, though!

After the game, we headed over to Slows Barbecue for some real American food and ended up waiting two (2!) hours for a table! It was almost worth the wait for the delicious blackened catfish, baby back ribs, macaroni and cheese, waffle fries and baked beans. Yummy!

While we waited, we walked over to the old train station and took pictures. One of the great landmarks in Detroit, this building has completely fallen apart and has sat vacant for many years. I can only imagine what it looked like at its peak!


  1. Wow, looks like not only did you have a nice time in Detroit, but you also had gorgeous weather! My favorite part of this post was reading your baseball questions...funny! Baseball is my favorite sport!

  2. You're killing me here!! Loved living what would be one of my "perfect days in Detroit" through you. Thanks for the posting and for keeping the D-love flowing. ;-)

  3. hahaha, totally reminds me of my first ever baseball game (and only, as a matter of fact). Both Shamim and I had NO idea about how the game works. I am a soccer watcher, it's what i grew up with!

  4. Me either, not a sports fan. I have been to one game in my life, ask your friend Okuda san what he thinks of the Hanshin Tigers. They are THE team for Osaka people.
    I love the pictures of the derelict building. I wonder if it will ever be restored? It reminds me of the old railway station in Auckland,New Zealand which has been renovated.

  5. Sounds like an amazing day. I love baseball! What a great meal afterwards too!

  6. I love the photos of the old building.
    I had a very similar experience at the only professional baseball game that I ever went to several years ago. no serious baseball watching, lots of side commentaries, mostly unrelated to baseball. still fun though.


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