Light them up.
That’s not an exhortation to Tiger hitters, though it would be nice if they roughed up Boston Red Sox pitchers tonight.
It’s a request from the Downtown Detroit Partnership for downtown buildings to keep their lights on during the nighttime baseball game.
The group wants downtown to look vibrant for the national television audience watching the American League Championship Series.
Fans said they liked the idea of putting the city in the best, uh, light.
“Why not?” asked Nan Wilson of Roseville. “It makes us look good.”
Asked if the effort was an attempt to exaggerate how busy the city is at night, Wilson said she didn’t think so.
She said it was an adequate reflection of how more people and businesses are moving into the city.
Businesses were asked to stay lighted from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. today and Thursday.
If businesses had multicolored lights on the exterior of their buildings, they should turn them blue and orange.
Those happen to be the colors of the Tigers.
The buildings also were asked to turn their lights on Tuesday but, with a 4 p.m. start, there wasn’t much time to show the TV audience a sparkling downtown.
In a weird twist Tuesday, Comerica Park lost power in the middle of the second inning. The game was delayed 17 minutes as Major League Baseball tried to decide what to do.
But, because the game had started with the lights on, baseball officials wanted to wait until the lights were all working again.
The temporary power outage was reminiscent of what happened in the Super Bowl last year when the football stadium also lost power. In that case, however, the entire field was plunged in darkness.
As for the lighted buildings, the downtown partnership also asked buildings to keep their lights on during the postseason last year, when the Tigers reached the World Series.
They lost to the San Francisco Giants, which made the blue colors appropriate.