Home opener is uniquely Detroit
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.”