The Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-13 on their first-ever opening day on April 25, 1901 and over the 107 years of Tiger baseball since, they have compiled a 57-49-1 record in their home openers (Detroit Tigers Opening Day at Baseball Almanac).
In just 11 days (5 hours, 47 minutes, 32 seconds) on Monday, March 31 at 2 PM, the Tigers start the 2008 season vs. the Kansas City Royals at home in Comerica Park. The game will be televised on Fox Sports & WJBK. (Detroit Tigers 2008 Schedule and official MLB site). This is only the 2nd ever March home opener – the other was a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on March 31, 2003
Obviously, with some great offseason moves, the hopes and expectations for the Tigers are sky high this year. While the 2008 Tigers’ roster isn’t set yet, but you can warm up for the season with links and stories at Absolute Michigan keyword Tigers including bloggers Mack Avenue Tigers, Detroit Tigers Weblog and Roar of the Tigers.
PS: Sam at Roar of the Tigers wanted me to be sure to mention that Miss America, Kristen Haglund of Michigan will sing the national anthem, throw out the first pitch and probably pinch run on Opening Day and here’s last year’s opening day feature.