5. 350 As A Detroit Tiger, in a Blizzard
I live in Chicago now, which means I have to use MLB.TV to get my fix of Tigers baseball. Expectations for the 2021 season were, understandably, dire. There wasn’t much on paper to get excited about outside of the rookie seasons of Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, and sure the addition of Robbie Grossman was interesting. The season, as we know, has turned out to be much more enjoyable than anyone could have predicted, despite their current third-place standing in the division. On Opening Day, perhaps Miggy delivered an omen, hitting a 1-1 fastball from reigning American League Cy Young Shane Bieber just over the right-field fence in a blizzard. A blizzard so thick he couldn’t see the ball. So much so that he slid into second base.
It seems silly to think this home run could be so meaningful to me. Having moved to Chicago recently and desperately missing going to Opening Day, a tradition my dad and I had upheld for years before COVID interrupted it, Miggy’s blizzard blast was a reminder of how great he could be, and how much fun he could have done it. It was a reminder of how much I love the Detroit Tigers. The month that followed was less so, with the Tigers putting together that abhorrent stretch of baseball in April, nevertheless this time capsule solo shot stays with me among Miggy’s very best.