After the winter of our discontent, yesterday was one of those "hope springs eternal" days for me: Opening Day come-from-behind win for the Tigers, and a beautiful basketball game in the evening with a myriad of inspiring story lines. Speaking of the Tigers, though, my optimism was interwoven with moments of poignancy and nostalgia. Some observations:
- I enjoyed the matchup of Verlander against Greinke (with the one notable exception), then got very nervous thinking about our starting rotation after Verlander and Porcello. I confess, I am really pulling hard for Bonderman
- Our bullpen looked strong. Zoom-Zoom hits 103! And 10 strikes out of 12 pitches.
- I had two belly laughs during that game: The towering pop-up in the first inning on which five Royals converged and nobody caught it, and DeJesus’ bouncing slide into 2nd on an uncontested steal
- I still can’t get used to Johnny Damon in an Old English “D”. I still can’t picture him in pinstripes either, for that matter.
- I think we’ll thoroughly enjoy Valverde. His antics were somewhat reminiscent of The Bird (RIP). The 24 pitches required to get out of the 9th were reminiscent of Todd Jones.
- Austin Jackson had a good debut. I have my fingers crossed that he'll live up to his promise.
- But I still miss Curtis Granderson a lot. And I miss Placido Polanco more than I thought I would, especially after his 3 hits, 6 RBI in his first outing at Philly. (That 2-out bases loaded grand slam made me tingle all over)
Your Opening Day observations?