We are 2 days from the start of the 2018 season. Not sure how it got here so quickly, but it did. So it’s time to start thinking about one of the greatest and most celebrated days of the year in Detroit. That’s right, Opening Day!
Our writers have chosen to address another question about the home opener, a day that has given us so many great memories over the years as Tiger fans. Everyone has a favorite memory, or 2, or 3!
Holly and Kurt have not shared their answers to the following question. But it is sure to spark plenty of responses from you, the readers.
So, here is the question.
What are Kurt’s and Holly’s favorite Opening Day memories?
The year of the last Tiger championship, 1984, ranks as the most memorable and most exciting year of my life when it comes to baseball and all the things I was able to experience.
After a 6-0 start on the road, the Tigers returned home with so much positive energy, the electricity felt inside Tiger Stadium on Opening Day could have powered the entire city.
The biggest free agent to come to Detroit in a very long time arrived prior to the 1984 season. Darrell Evans wasted no time making his presence known with the Tigers. He hit a 3-run homer in the road opener at the Metrodome in Minnesota and then, 5 games later, came to the plate for his debut in the home whites; his first at-bat at Tiger Stadium.
As was usually the case, Whitaker and Trammell both reached base to start the game and Evans, batting third in the order, quickly jacked a home run into the upper deck in right field. The Tigers were quickly ahead 3-0 and went on to win the home opener 5-1, in a season they would win their first nine.
It wasn’t Evans’ best season with the Tigers, but in the span of a week, he hit 2 Opening Day 3-run homers in 2 different cities. You want Opening Day memories? Well, you got ‘em!
Growing up in Michigan, I managed to attend almost every Opening Day until I Ieft the state to attend college. And somehow, I managed to get a pass from my middle and high schools to go to the games under the pretense of covering them for the school newspapers. And I didn’t even write for the sports sections.
Of course, we all knew the true intent. I remember all of my teachers signing off on my absences, trying hard not to smile too much.
The vast majority of those games were cold, but there was one particular year that stood out because the day was positively balmy. Warm enough that I was able to convince my best friend that we had to travel to Tiger Stadium in her convertible.
The Tigers only managed to get 2 hits that day but the game was scoreless until the 9th when Rusty Staub, playing RF, lost the ball in a snow bank at the wall and allowed the Brewers to score the only run. John Hiller, my favorite player, ended up taking the loss.
But the day was still magical as we drove back home with the top down, sun and wind in our faces, as we welcomed spring and a new season of baseball.
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