OT - Happy Opening Day

Submitted by MGoPietrowski on April 5th, 2012 at 8:02 AM

It's like Christmas day for us baseball fans. I've been up since 5:00 am.

Here's to Olde Detroit and the Tigers bringing the trophy back to the Motor City. 

And if you pull for any other team, out of the good nature of Opening Day, good luck to you as well, and may the baseball gods smile on your favorite club from their lofty thrones!

Happy Opening Day, MGoCommunity!


Heinous Wagner

April 5th, 2012 at 9:28 AM ^

My Tigers side is excited, for very good reason. All this hand-wringing about defense will be moot if the boys score 12 runs a game. 

My Cubs side knows we'll have to endure some more whuppin' but that at least someone who has a plan is driving the bus.  You have to go through it to get to it. 

So I will be toggling back and forth betwen Comerica and The Friendly Confines. As Ernie (Banks, that is) says, "Hey hey, let's play two today."


April 5th, 2012 at 9:50 AM ^

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!


April 5th, 2012 at 9:51 AM ^

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


April 5th, 2012 at 9:57 AM ^

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! 

UM Indy

April 5th, 2012 at 10:01 AM ^

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! 


April 5th, 2012 at 10:20 AM ^

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).


April 5th, 2012 at 10:09 AM ^

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...


Mr. Rager

April 5th, 2012 at 10:11 AM ^

Happy "We played 2 games last week in fucking Japan, one game in what might have been Cuba last night, and then a bunch more today during Day 1 of the Masters" Opening Day.  


April 5th, 2012 at 10:24 AM ^

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.

Mr. Rager

April 5th, 2012 at 10:54 AM ^

Thank you, I think!

BTW, we are talking about the Masters here.  Not just some old PGA event.  I would bet good money that the ratings for the Masters would beat any matchup being shown for the MLB today.  Of course, to-may-toes, to-mah-toes.  Would be an interesting discussion on this board - what are you more interested in today, the Masters or Opening Day?  


April 5th, 2012 at 11:12 AM ^

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.


April 5th, 2012 at 10:33 AM ^

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!


April 5th, 2012 at 11:04 AM ^

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.


April 5th, 2012 at 12:18 PM ^

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.


April 5th, 2012 at 11:58 AM ^

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.


April 5th, 2012 at 12:25 PM ^

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.