- Samara at Roar of the Tigers has posted her Happy Opening Day cartoon that features her unique interpretation of the Tigers. You definitely want to have her on your radar for much more illustrated awesomeness like these awesome Justin Verlander cartoons (not to mention her considerable baseball knowledge)!!
- Bless You Boys reports that the Tigers have selected 22-year-old Drew Smyly their 5th starter and Kurt also has a great link roundup that includes a list of the 10 greatest Opening Days of all time from The Hardball Times. There’s 3 Tiger games in there – see below for the very first one in 1901 that captured the top spot.
- Another item we found through BYB is that ESPN’s list of the best 500 players in baseball has 2 Tigers in the top 5: Miguel Cabrera at #3 and Justin Verlander at #4! ESPN baseball analyst Jayson Stark is predicting the Tigers as the the 2012 World Series winner. (loud audio warning)
- On the all-important video game front, Justin Verlander has a $1 million perfect game challenge for you.
- John Parent at Call to the Pen has a really nice 2012 Tigers Season Preview that includes an extensive recap of the 2011 season. While the author doesn’t see the same phenomenal season for Verlander (2011 AL Cy Young and MVP) or Jose Valverde (did not blow a single save in 2011), he’s predicting a 2nd straight AL Central Pennant.
- Tom Gage at the Detroit News has a cool Detroit Tigers Then & Now feature that predicts each player’s output and shows an old and current photo. News writers all predict a pennant for the Bengals but various ways they fall short of winning it all.
- 4 mLive sports writers all pick the Tigers to win the AL Central, with Josh Slagter being the only one to go all in with the Tigers as series champs. Chris Iott looks at 5 Tigers who will be key to their fortunes. mLive also looks at the status of Brandon Inge who appears to have a roster spot waiting when he comes off the DL.
- The Detroit Free Press has Mitch Albom’s talk with Tiger owner Mike Ilitch about the “Dream Team” he has bankrolled, Mike Rosenberg writes about the weird inevitability the Tigers have in 2012 and here’s the rundown on Opening Day festivities which include Tiger legend Al Kaline throwing out the first pitch and Thornetta Davis singing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch.
- And don’t miss our 2012 Detroit Tiger Facebook banner!
This game would make a greatest-games list even if it wasn’t an Opening Day contest. In fact, not only was it Opening Day on the season, but it was the beginning of the American League’s first season as genuine rival to the NL.
For much of the day, it looked like anything but a great game. The Milwaukee Brewers (who the next year would become the St. Louis Browns and a half-century after that became the current Baltimore Orioles) took an early 7-0 lead, and expanded it to 13-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Instead of a nice, easy forgettable win for the visitors, somehow, some way, the Tigers succeeded in scoring 10 runs before making three outs in their half of the ninth and transforming a huge 13-4 deficit into a seemingly impossible 14-13 win. Not a bad way for the Tigers to kick off their franchise history.
Read on for how they did it and PLAY BALL!