It was a beautiful day for baseball in Detroit. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and although the temperature hovered around 45, in the sun it was very pleasant!
We arrived early and received our 2013 Magnet Schedules with detachable Miguel Cabrera wins the triple crown magnet, which was easily disposed of ;) We ate in our traditional restaurant, the Tiger Den. Lil Sis and I enjoyed the chicken fingers we'd been dreaming about since October! Also our waitress gave us free refills on our pops, which they don't normally do, so we were excited. Saturday this was not the case, so we're guessing she just didn't know the rules.
We made our way to our seats, not our normal seats, but in the same section. We said hello to our favorite usher, Bob and our neighbors, Mark and Susan. It was nice to see our baseball family after a long winter.
Before the game started, the Tigers showcased their new American League Champions banner which will fly on top of the fountains for the year, until they take it down, because that spot is really only for World Series flags...
JV, Cabrera and Prince unfurled the flag.
They played a video montage on the scoreboard all about the 2012 season. It was wonderful to relive all of the highlights and our run through the playoffs. I may or may not have had tears in my eyes when it ended...
It was fun, as always to hear all of the Tigers announced, from assistant athletic trainer Doug Teter to former Rookie of the Year, Cy Young winner and MVP, Justin Verlander.
The Four Tops sang the National Anthem. Willie Horton threw out the first pitch to Jim Price, both members of the 1968 World Series Champs.
Mr. Fister was pitching. Prince Fielder hit two houmeruns and Alex Avila (whose wife just had a baby, Avery Noelle) hit one, Drew Smyly got a four-inning save, the Tigers won, Dad won the Triple Crown (correctly predicted the final score, first Tiger to hit a homerun and stadium attendance in our daily competition) and baseball was back in Detroit!
It was a most excellent day and a great way to start the season!
P.S. My alma mater has a fancy new sign gracing the Detroit skyline this year.