Joe Michnuk and Tim Meloche stood behind the fence at Tiger Stadium Monday to bid a final goodbye to the field they loved and helped restore over the last six years. Michnuk, 57, and Meloche, 54, are members of the Navin Field Grounds Crew, a volunteer team that helped maintain the classic diamond since May of 2010, after the stadium’s 2009 demolition. The nostalgic stadium was home to Tiger greats such as Ty Cobb, Al Kaline and Lou Whitaker. A crew of around 30 volunteers led by Tom Derry refused to let the old Tiger Stadium site, which was filled with trash and weeds close to 6 feet tall, go to waste.
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