It’s not often that the hottest party around is in Detroit (unless you include the annual arson fest during Halloween). But, recently 45 lovable lunks donned Island attire and crashed a Detroit Tiger’s game as Magnum P.I., toting a life-sized cardboard cut-out of the real deal.
For those of you too young to remember or if you were living under a bridge or in a cave without television, Tom Selleck starred in the 1980s small-screen classic featuring a private investigator, Thomas Magnum, living large in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. The show was wildly popular with men (who fantasized about being Magnum) and women (who fantasized about being with him). A win-win for all audience demographics.
And They are Outta Here!
There is only one Magnum, and the boys celebrating a bachelor party did not live up to the hunky hero’s chiseled jawline, enviable thick mustache, piercing chocolate brown eyes, and legendary swagger. But they had a good time trying—until unceremoniously tossed from Comerica Park.
The Detroit Tigers issued a statement about the removal of the Magnums, sticking to their story of unruly behavior:
“It was inappropriate behavior; the group was given multiple warnings. They violated the code of conduct and were asked to leave and have not been banned from the park.”
That’s a bit harsh, and the Magnums’ wholeheartedly disagreed with the assessment. A bachelor, Joe Tuccini, a local Michigan boy believes they were more of interest to the crowd than the game on the field between the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox. Let’s face facts, there are giant lulls in America’s favorite past time, and perhaps the antics of the Magnums were more entertaining than watching turf sprout.
Chris Tuccini, the bachelor’s brother believes that one of the partygoers was busted smoking a cigarette but lamented to a local news affiliate, “I don’t know how that made us all guilty.”
Tom Selleck is a Detroit native and a somewhat iconic institution in that part of Michigan. During his tenure as Magnum, he appeared rather frequently sporting a Tigers ball cap, rooting for his home team. It’s no surprise that an impromptu Magnum Day at Comerica evolved into a rowdy crowd.
The 7th Inning Stretch
But alas, all good things must come to an end, and in the 6th inning, the Magnums and the life-sized cutout of Tom were escorted from the bleachers. But not before a rabid fan attempted to kidnap the cutout:
“We were told we couldn’t bring it in, but I held onto it. We ended up forgetting it and one of the police officers brought it back out for us and held it in the air in victory as if he was part of the party. One person tried to steal it before my brother tackled him. Getting kicked out made it all the more fun. We just hopped back on our bus and went to Bucharest for shawarmas.”
What the heck are shawarmas? Regardless, the party lived on somewhere in Detroit, and the Magnums will live on for eternity on the internet.