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New statueDETROIT -- We know there are issues with downtown Buffalo at times, especially on a weekend when there's no events. But the next time you hear somebody griping about it, send them to Detroit. The ALCS was during the week when workers were everywhere, restaurants and bars were open and the place was pretty hoppin'.

Game Three of the World Series is tonight and downtown is D-E-A-D at mid-afternoon (it should be better tomorrow because there's a 1 p.m. Lions-Seattle game nearby at Ford Field).

At least the Spirit of Detroit statue (above) is all decked out and ready for the big game, as shown in this shot I got on the way to the ballpark. The 26-foot statue is often adorned in the town's favorite jersey (it's had the Pistons for the NBA finals and the Red Wings during the Stanley Cup final).

Stay tuned later today for more from Comerica, where home suits the Tigers just fine. They're 4-0 here in the postseason this year, and have won five straight and seven of eight in October dating to last season.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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