How do I know? Despite this week’s snow storm the baseball season has started and today is Opening Day for the Tigers in Detroit. Finally. After last year’s disappointing season my hopes for this season are nothing but sober. The opener against Toronto reinforces my reservations. Relief pitching? If I can figure out that’s the problem surely Leyland can too. Brandon Inge’s first week might help to put a little fire under the team; we can hope.
Tigers were well represented at the recent World Baseball Classic. Detroit’s class act Curtis Granderson played for the US and it seems like half of the Venezuelan national team were Tigers. Magglio Ordonez, the team’s Adonis, is a strong supporter of Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. He was booed by rightists during the Miami games. He will have no such problems here I believe where union autoworkers are throwing out the first pitch. He may be booed if he keeps playing defense like he has though.
This winter was one of the toughest I can remember and the promise of spring then summer that the opening of the baseball season portends is always welcome. Since my sister-in-law got laid off from her auto industry job those occasional tickets to the game won’t be coming and the new pricing system of the Tigers is an abomination (premium games). More proof that capitalism is responsible for the sad state of the game. Still, what a relief it has been to have an evening sun and the game on the radio wafting through the apartment these last few days.