Friday, April 8, 2016

What Baseball Means To Me








Opening Day at Comerica Park in Detroit is today and the city will be alive with baseball fans celebrating the start of another season. I love baseball and especially the Tigers and it's been a lifelong love affair for me. Baseball to me means summer afternoons with the sound of the announcers calling the game over the radio. It brings sweet memories of other Tiger fans, like my grandfather. It means nights at the ballpark, under the lights, when the sun finally sets, a cold beer is in your hand and you feel the cool breeze of a Michigan summer night.

It means memories of how Detroit has changed over the years, but its love for the Tigers has remained. Baseball has always brought people into the city; to the games and to the bars and even helped unite the city after the riots in 1967. Detroit has a bad reputation nationally, but things are slowly changing and it will be evident with its vitality on Opening Day. New restaurants and bars are opening all the time, neighborhoods are being revitalized and there is so much hope for a beleaguered city.

Baseball will be the background music of my summer. There is a full schedule to watch, to listen to and even a game or two to attend. My favorite players to watch hit home runs or pitch that elusive no hitter. It's Opening Day in Detroit and I couldn't be happier.

Have a wonderful weekend.



  1. Although I worked in Detroit for more than two decades, I never went to opening day -- another missed opportunity! -- but I remember many coworkers calling in 'sick' those days, lol. :)

  2. I love this time of year too:) The sounds of the game and the fans... perfect way to spend a day! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  3. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Baseball is a great thing. As a kid, I would watch one game on the TV while listening to another on the radio. :-)

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  5. Enjoy your Opening Day and season . . .
    Great memory pics!

  6. Oh girl.....being mom of 3 sons baseball has been as big a part of our lives as Christmas morn around here!!! We watched our LSU tigers play all last night with anticipation of the games we will get to attend IN the stadium!!
    Oh....and now we have 3 grandSONS???? The circle of life in the baseball world just goes on and on!!
    Happy Weekend!

  7. As a Canadian, we don't have the same heritage of baseball love. BUT our beloved Blue Jays are back at it again too! I have fond memories of taking my kids to games, their dad even helped build the Jays original stadium back in the 70's! We had many Thanksgiving dinners (in October) with the game on in the background as the Jays rallied to the pennant (& World Series win).
    Enjoy this season!!

  8. Lakeland, FL, loves the Tigers too, Vicki! We are proud to be their Spring Training home. Joe and I were at a game just a few weeks ago. Joe is a Phillies fan, but we also love the Tigers.

  9. I never watch baseball on TV but I do love going to the ballpark. Wishing Detroit all the luck in the world as they continue to bring the city back to life. Having vital cities is good for everyone!


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