Detroit Tigers Top 10 Opening Day Facts
By Steve Mitzel
One of the hardest parts of being a Tiger ex-pat in Connecticut is being away from the Detroit Tigers opening day celebration. Sure every team has great opening days, but
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There’s something just really special about a Detroit opening day.
Questions go unanswered as the Tigers take the field and begin their campaign. I think it’s safe to say for the first time in a few years, our fan base isn’t quite as confident as we have been in the past.
There’s nothing like being in Detroit the first week of April. The crisp spring air hitting you as you sometimes watched snow flurries fall. The special taste of the beer as you tailgate or hung out in the parking lots or bars around Tiger Stadium or now Comerica Park. The roar of the crowd as the first pitch is thrown and the magic of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.
The Tigers open next Monday against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. A new face takes the mound in David Price. We have our beasts in Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and now Yoenis Cespedes; we have our sleek with Jose Iglesias, Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis; we have our steady eddies with Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez; and we have our question marks with Alfredo Simon, Joba Chamberlain, Joakim Soria, and Joe Nathan.
But we’ll put that all aside as Tiger fans come together from all over to celebrate opening day no matter how bad the weather might be. Let’s share some special opening day facts about the Tigers.
The Tigers have won the past six straight opening days since 2009 beating the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals twice, Boston Red Sox, and the New York Yankees
Detroit is .552 with a 63-50-1 all time record. The lone tie came in 1904 against the St. Louis Browns when the game was called after 12 innings.
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The first opening day for the Tigers was on April 25, 1901 when the newly formed Detroit Tigers played at Bennett Park against the Milwaukee Brewers and rallied from a 13-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to win 14-13. The Tigers replaced the defunct Detroit Wolverines who folded after the 1888 season.
The first opening day at Tiger Stadium was in 1912 when the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 withTy Cobb
stealing home during the game. (The Red Sox
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opened Fenway the same year). The last opening day at Tiger Stadium was 87 years later in 1999 when the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 off a Robert Fick grand slam in the bottom of the 8th. Tiger greats, led by Mark Fidrych, took the field after the game in a procession to honor the 87 seasons
The most runs the Tigers have scored in an opening day event has been 20 in 1993 when they beat the Oakland A’s 20-3 and the most that they have given up was 13 when they had that 14-13 come from behind victory in their opening season of 1901 against the Indians.
Maybe 2015 will bring another great opening day memory for all of us. What are some of your favorite opening day memories?
PLAY BALL!!! GO TIGERS!