I texted my idea to M, and he thought it was a fine one. We decided Wednesday would work best for us, so I went online and bought some last-minute tickets.
It wasn't until the next day that we realized we'd accidentally selected the same night as the Freedom Festival, the giant fireworks display shared between Detroit and Windsor. Oops! That complicated our planned trip downtown.... however there was nothing to be done about it, the tickets were already bought. We decided to just get out of work as quickly as possible, and aim to leave for downtown as early as possible.
Naturally that meant both of us fighting through rush-hour traffic, trying to meet at my house. We managed to get to my place and change clothes later than anticipated, and hit the road again, fearing the worst. Fortunately it turned out that traffic downtown was not nearly as bad as we'd feared. I'm sure it got worse as the evening progressed though, so it's probably good that we managed to get out when we did.
The game was fun, and the Tigers won - yay! My sportswriter friend D was at the game, which was useful. At one point a weird play happened (everyone thought the inning was over, the players left the field, then they came back out and re-did the last play). I quickly pulled out my phone and emailed D asking "What happened, why did they come back?" He was able to let us know that the ball had hit the batter's helmet, so the play was dead.
It was a fun evening, complete with hotdogs, lemonade, about a zillion pitchers, and fireworks over the outfield that started in the eighth inning. The traffic getting back home was a huge mess, but I'm still glad we decided to be spontaneous and go!