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Tigers fans share Opening Day memories



Skip Williams, Detroit

Opening day means cabin fever is over. It means summer is here, and it brings new hope of a championship being brought home by my boys. It means BBQs and tank tops are back.

My favorite part of opening day usually people watching. Being a bartender downtown, some absolutely ridiculous stuff happens every year, and I try and keep my eyes peeled for it.

I don't get to go to opening day, but (Yoenis) Cespedes' catch last year on will leave an imprint in my brain forever. The dude robbed a home run in his first game with the Tigers in CoPa. Pretty impressive. I'll always like him as a player.

Erica Mazur, Shelby Township

Opening Day has become a holiday in our house, almost more exciting than Christmas. It's a fun day to spend downtown with family and friends, and it means Tigers baseball is officially back!

My Opening Day traditions are going tailgating downtown, and then going to Cheli's or Town Pump to enjoy the game.

I don't have one particular memory that stands out, but I think every year that we get a W on Opening Day, and just watching the city of Detroit come together with all the fans is memorable.

Matt Crudder, Clinton Township

My favorite opening day memory has to be my first. I stayed home "sick" from high school and my friends and I had a cab drop us off downtown. We all had tickets to the game, and Jeremy Bonderman was on the mound for the Tigers. Bonderman pitched lights out and Young crushed three homers that day.

Besides winning the game and spending a day free from school with friends, I'll always remember how packed and alive the city of Detroit was that afternoon. That afternoon was when I knew I wanted to experience this event every year and I haven't missed one ever since! Opening day is truly a great experience.

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