Home opener is uniquely Detroit

Considering the weather that greeted most fans who showed up downtown early for Friday’s home opener, they were entitled to celebrate when the sun finally came out.

It’s one of my favorite traditions of the Tigers’ opening day, because it’s as uniquely Detroit as anything, and it catches visitors off guard. It definitely surprised Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was stepping to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning when he heard a roar from the crowd.

“He’s looking up and he’s looking around, and wondering why everybody’s cheering,” catcher Alex Avila said. “I’m like, ‘That ain’t for you, buddy.'”

The temperature seemed to rise a couple degrees when the sun emerged, all the way to 48. Tigers starter Max Scherzer, of course, escaped the bases-loaded jam and drew some more cheers.

It was the third set of Opening Day ceremonies for the Tigers. For them, it was the best, and not just because they won.

“That’s the difference between a corporate crowd, a Yankee crowd, and a Detroit crowd,” said Brandon Inge, who has seen 10 of these since his first one in 2001. “Detroit crowd comes for a party. I don’t think I would put another Opening Day to the one we have every year.”


funny how things look different now that season has begun…starting pitching looks not as good as advertised this spring, peralta still looks like he can hit, cabrera just picks up where he left off last season despite the spring distractions. only thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is who in the bullpen can transfer a lead from the starter to Benoit/Valverde. leyland was guessing all spring who could do that job, and he’s still guessing. coke is probably the best guy for the job (other than zumaya) within the organization.

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