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In January, the home of the Whitecaps suffered a major loss when their stadium burned down but that can’t stop baseball-loving fans from coming out and cheering on their beloved team.  Read the Detroit News story here and check out a few of my favorite images from the evening.

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Drew Boike, of Clarkston, paints the lines on the batter's box prior to the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Drew Boike, of Clarkston, paints the lines on the batter’s box prior to the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Javier Betancourt, left, and Harold Castro, right, hangout in the dugout  prior to the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Javier Betancourt, left, and Harold Castro, right, hangout in the dugout prior to the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. The visiting team uses a mobile lockerroom until the construction is complete. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. The visiting team uses a mobile lockerroom until the construction is complete. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Javier Betancourt, right, prepares himself to bat. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Javier Betancourt, right, prepares himself to bat. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Dominic Ficociello slides into third for a triple during the fifth inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Dominic Ficociello slides into third for a triple during the fifth inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Ben Verlander comes in from the outfield after making the third out by catching a fly ball. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Ben Verlander comes in from the outfield after making the third out by catching a fly ball. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Willy Adames, left, tries to make a catch as Bowling Green's Yoel Araujo, right, steals second base in the second inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Willy Adames, left, tries to make a catch as Bowling Green’s Yoel Araujo, right, steals second base in the second inning. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps' Harold Castro twirls a bat near teammate Willy Adames before the start of the game. © Detroit News

The Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, suffered a fire on Jan. 3. Construction is still underway as the Whitecaps played the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, April 24. Whitecaps’ Harold Castro twirls a bat near teammate Willy Adames before the start of the game. © Detroit News

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