It’s almost that time again! Tigers opening day is right around the corner and fans are anticipating some great baseball and fun. Die hard fans call it a holiday because one way or another most will find a way to take off work to enjoy all the festivities. I’m guilty of being one of those fans! Nothing compares to opening day, with over 100,000 fans running around with their Tigers gear eating, drinking, and participating in all the exciting games and contests.
One of my favorite games I play each year is the fast pitch game to see if I made any improvements. My pitch clocked in at 35mph last year and I thought I was a beast since the year before I clocked 30mph. I know you are all thinking 35mph is terrible but hey, cut me some slack, IM A GIRL! I’m hoping to at least clock 40mph this year since I’ve been hitting the gym more often working on my big strong arms! Let’s hope with all the changes the Tigers ball club endured, they show us how much stronger their arms have got as well.
During the off-season the Tigers made some moves that could potentially be difficult for the players to adjust to. New manager Brad Ausmus replaced long time coach Jim Leyland and is no rookie to the game with is 18 years in the big leagues, but is when it comes to managing. Ausmus only managerial experience comes from coaching the Israel National Baseball Team in the qualification round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. With little managerial involvement it will be interesting to see how he will install new fundamentals in his players. Having an experienced roster is a plus but it will take a little bit of time to fine tune the kinks. The Tiger’s offensive line up will also look a little different since they traded Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler from the Texas Rangers and added Rajai Davis from the Blue jays.
With so many injuries plaguing the team this spring training, this will definitely be an interesting yet exciting day for everyone heading down to see the Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals.
97.1 The Ticket Block Party
If you’re heading downtown to join the festivities be sure to stop by the CW50/CBS 62 booth inside the 97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Block Party and meet the CW50 Street team as well as CW50/CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus and Weekend Weather Anchor Karen Carter.
The party kicks off at 10:00am and will be located in Grand Circus Park. Admission is free! There will be tons of food and drinks as well as interactive games to choose from. If you’re worried about missing the big game there will be a big screen to keep you up to date on all the action. After the game, 98.7 AMP Radio’s DJ Ryan Richards will keep the party going! So don’t miss any of the action on Monday, March 31st.
Nagsheen Nassif is a graduate senior at Wayne State University studying Media Arts and Studies. She is currently interning at CBS62/CW50 Detroit and is excited to see what the future holds! She has been very involved with Wayne State University’s communications department as she worked on various productions as well as hosted a full season of Metro Arts Detroit.