"And now, for the World Series of Misery," Anthony Fenech begins his Tigers-Orioles pregame story Friday at the Freep.
The four-game matchup could go a long way in determining who lands the top pick in next year’s draft. . . . Though neither team will be playing to lose, both front offices could consider any losses in this series as perhaps the most welcome of the season.
That's because the last-place team gets to pick first in Major League Baseball's first-year players draft next June. The Tigers (43-103) and Orioles (48-99) trail their American League divisions.
So it's hardly a shock that Friday night's game at Comerica Park drew few ticket-holders. Vacant rows created an opening for social media laments, quips and sorrows. "This hurts to see," one post says.
► Update: The Tigers lost 6-2. Official attendance was 14,722 in the 41,297-seat stadium.
"I expected bad, but this is crazy for a Friday. I’ve been to April games less than 50 degrees with more than this," a fan tweets from the ballpark, showing what he means:
This breaks my heart— Stephanie Smith (@MomSmith1512) September 13, 2019
"Look at those stands," remarks Detroit News editor-publisher Gary Miles with his retweet of the sad scene.
"On the bright side: It's sit wherever the fuck you want night at Comerica!" posts Adam Dubbin.
Others echo that observation:
It’s foul ball souvenir for everyone night...— Tiger Ted (@EAJS44) September 13, 2019
After the top of the first. It filled in by a few hundred. pic.twitter.com/UbN5B1lbVo— tigermike1975 (@tigermike1975) September 13, 2019