Baseball fans are buzzing and business owners in Windsor are calling it a home run for their bottom line after the Detroit Tigers made the playoffs.
With the NHL lockout leading to the cancellation of regular season games, baseball is filling the void, especially for businesses that rely on sports crowds.
Many local baseball fans are stoked for this weekend after Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown and the Detroit Tigers clinched a spot in the playoffs.
The team plays two games at home against the Oakland A's Saturday and Sunday.
"I'm picking up a shirt, actually just got a nice majestic team long sleeve, just like they wear when they're warming up," said Luke Sprague, who says he has been a Tigers fan since the day he was born.
Bob Reaume sold the sweater, and he expects to sell Triple Crown t-shirts when they arrive next week.
Transit Windsor is prepping to transport fans across the border. It had been looking forward to big crowds using its tunnel bus to get to Joe Louis Arena for a Red Wings game this weekend.
Transit Windsor sales and marketing manager Jan O'Neil said a pair of baseball playoff games should make up for the lack of ice time.
"We're glad to see the playoffs extended their time playing because we'll be carrying more passengers, so it's a plus for us," said O'Neil.
For those who want to stick close to home or couldn't get tickets, sports bars in the city are waiting with open doors.
Rob Miller from Dirty Jerseys said his business goes up 30 per cent every time there's a big game.
"Usually it's great. We've got a guy dressing up in a Tigers suit who gets up on top of the bar and stuff like that, so it's been a lot of fun," said Miller.