Tigers, Whitecaps Opening Day!
Not much else is like baseball opening day here in Michigan. I have a couple personal Opening Day stories, but first, I start with the late Ernie Harwell's Ode to Spring. He would always read the Song of Solomon 2:11-12 before the first Spring Training game every year. Even though it's Opening Day, it still is fitting and is part of the lore of Baseball in America.
For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
I have a friend who is from the Detroit Area, (Warren to be exact) who goes to Opening Day every year. And has never watched an inning of Opening Day actually INSIDE the ballpark. He goes, but celebrates in his own interesting way….Here is his
Tigers Opening Day Oath.
"My 2012 Opening Day Tiger's Game Oath... This year I will not get kicked out of Nemo's for the 3rd year in a row, I will play Rubberband Man at least ten times at Te Romas while predrinking, I will do a shot in memory of my father on His day, I will not be afraid to wear my cowboy boots into the port-a-potties, and I will not throw up three times by noon this year. HERE WE GO!"
It's why Opening Day is a tradition like no other in American sports. Tigs/Red Sox 1:05, Whitecaps/Dragons in Dayton, 7:05...Cubs/Nationals 2:30p on WGN America...lucky Directv subs...Happy Opening Day!