(10/16/12) - At bars and sporting good stores, the Tigers' playoff bid is helping them cash in.
"It's absolutely helped business," said John Todorovsky, owner of Joe and Lewie's Penalty Box in Fenton.
"Win, win for everybody," added Terry Collins, store manager at the MC Sports in Grand Blanc.
At both places, it's Tigers, Tigers everywhere. "Everybody growing up knows baseball. Three strikes, three out. Yes, everybody follows baseball. You played it in elementary school," Todorovsky said.
At the Penalty Box, everyone is enjoying the Tigers, especially at a time when the NHL lockout has put the hockey season on hold. "We haven't felt it yet. But I'm sure we will," Todorovsky said.
What they have felt is a surge in sales thanks to the Tigers. "On nights the Tigers are playing, it's probably 25 to 35 percent jump. It helps, definitely," Todorovsky said.
That's a home run for the Penalty Box. And at MC Sports, it's a grand slam. "We're up over 200 percent compared to what we were last year for the Tigers stuff," Collins said.
If if the old English 'D' is on it, it's selling.
The division series championship merchandise is long gone.
But thankfully the store got some relief when the sold out Cabrera jerseys came in this week.
And if the Tigers keep winning, so will everyone else.
"If they make the World Series, last time when they did, people started coming in hours ahead of time," Todorovsky said.
As it stands right now, people are showing up to the Penalty Box about 30 minutes early to get the best seats, with the best view of the flatscreens.
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