The NL Central got a lot weaker this year with no Pujols, Larussa, or Fielder and the Reds will always find a way to mess themselves. I think this could be the year for the Cubs.
OT - Happy Opening Day
I shall likely be glued to the radio this afternoon, attending the game in spirit only. I am very excited about the 2012 campaign and the potential this team has to own the AL Central Division.
I must admit, the temptation to "work" from our lunchroom (which has a plasma TV) is strong today.
Have a most excellent Opening Day, Detroit as well as all of Tiger Nation!
I have to listen online, too lazy to get the MLB TV package for Mario and Rod. Listen frequently to Dan Dickerson and Jim Price. They're pretty good.
All you Michiganders relish your Tigers. Opening day isn't the same when I'm stuck in Chicago and I hate the Sox and am indifferent about the Cubs AND I'm at work. Until I get a slingbox (not likely soon due to cost/logistical issues) I won't see much of them this summer.
/cue sad trombone
with Hawk Harrelson as my 'home market' announcer. My condolences.
I upgraded to MLB.TV premium pretty much just so I wouldn't have to hear him when Seattle goes to Chicago. So, that's like 6 games tops a year. It was worth the extra 20 bucks.
On the North Side and must say Hawk's call of a game makes any other homer announcer seem completely impartial by comparison. HH is total caricature of a professional announcer.
MLB.TV, dude. Well worth the price of admission, especially if you have a PS3 or Xbox 360 and can watch it on your TV.
The NL East should be interesting this year. The Phillies should still be very good thanks to their pitching, but they won't be as dominant as in years past with injuries to guys like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. A lot of people are expecting big years from the Nats and possibly even the Marlins too, and Atlanta should compete as always. I normally don't follow the NL too much, but this could be an interesting division race. The same is true for the AL East, as Toronto is expected to improve this year as well. Should be a good season!
The dredded double post. My appologies.
will end in RED OCTOBER. Reds have locked up Joey Votto for 10 years, Aroldis Chapman throwing flames, and a solid rotation of Cueto/Latos/Arroyo/Leake/Bailey. I'm fired up!
Yeah, but are you getting league mvp Votto or inner ear infection/wtf is up with Votto? Plus this means bye bye Phillips. He'll be gone by the trade deadline. Plus you still have Baker waiting in the wings to throw a wet towel on the season if things are going too well. I'm glad for your enthusiasm, and I actually root for the Reds as my NL team, but they always seem to come up just short since they got rid of Sweet Lou (ex Yankee, just sayin).
A small market like Cinnci can't carry the weight of these MLB mega deals, IMO.
Though I'm stuck in Nashville working all day and can't see the game live in person or on tv, I'll be listening and gamecasting every chance that I can. Unfortunately, wedding and honeymoon festivities will be using much of my PTO this year and baseball mini-vacations will take a hit in 2012. Got to save a few days for A2 visits!
I'll be semi-content going home, firing up the PS3, and watching the archived game with an Oberon in hand. Feels almost like home...
Please never compare the tradition, national significance, or entertainment value of MLB and PGA again. The most I've ever been interested in golf is when I was waiting to see which porn star/diner waitress claimed to sleep with Tiger next. The "may have been Cuba" comment is gold though.
I think the fact that there are several baseball threads and no Masters threads on the front page answers that question. The Masters is also the only show in town if you're a golf fan where "opening day" is spread over 15 games and two days (or two weeks, depending on what you count). So, I would not take your bet about the ratings because I'm sure the Masters would be higher. I wonder if it would be higher than the combined ratings of the top 3 or 5 mlb games though.
Sunday at the Masters, if it's Tiger in contention or someone else intriguing, like McIlroy at the US Open last year. Otherwise opening day. This year Opening Day probably wins anyway, with Prince's first game as a Tiger, and JV on the mound. Go Tigs
For a real comparison.
Its like when NASCAR claims to have the highest attendance each weekend yet CFB and NFL blow it's doors off.
this isn't opening day. there are 4 opening days this year because the baseball schedulers are a bunch of idiots. how can i argue that opening day should be a national holiday when there are 4 of them? i can see looking past the opening in japan and even the special day opening the new park in miami. but half of the teams open tomorrow. it's so stupid!
It should be Opening week...How can there be 4 opening days!?
Please, go easy on us, Tigers. We are but fragile souls.
Can anybody make any suggestions on how to watch the game today on an iPhone? I don't believe you can to it through the MLB app because of blackout restrictions. Correct me if I am wrong.
Not sure of watching the game, but I did hear that the Iheart radio app will have have most if not all the games available to stream the radio broadcasts.
Great match up to start the season. Lester vs. Verlander. Steak and eggs. Let's go Sox.
Let's hope Lester has a HUGE bounce back year after last year's chicken and beer fiasco. Best part of this year might be no Lackey. Any year where Dustin Pedroia is in your line up is going to be a good one. Laser shows abound. Go Sox!
Lester is a good kid. I blame Lackey and Beckett for corrupting him last year with their shitty attitudes. This team was so hard to root for last year. I'm worried that they didn't make enough changes on the roster. Francona wasn't the problem in my opinion.
No one likes Lackey and Beckett is...moody. Lester has always been a guy to look up to. He beat cancer and developed into one of the best left handers in the game. He's always seemed like a leader and he seems genuinely determined to prove that last year was an aberration. I expect a big year from him.
I'm still upset about Francona. May be they did need a change, but Bobby V doesn't really inspire me at all. This team has too much talent not to get back to its winning ways though.
One of several days of the sporting year that needs to be a national holiday, and will be when I'm dictator for life. Plus any day when you get to watch Justin Verlander pitch is a special one. Even more so against Bahstan. Eat 'em up, Tigers.
Any good iPhone apps to listen to the tigers game today?
but I am going to the Durham Bulls opener tonight. We have season tickets and its fun and relatively inexpensive. I really only watch baseball during the playoffs if I'm not at a Bulls game. Going to the park that much kind of kills the tv experience. Something about sitting in front of all that grass, talking to the players, eating peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks and drinking micro-brews that tv doesn't come close to.