This Thursday is Opening Day in Detroit—a longstanding day of celebration in the city. And this year the Detroit Tigers have a new Manager who, while his record shows he definitely knows his stuff, may still be learning his team. Fans love to debate every decision—from those made in the Front Office, by guys wearing suits, to those made on the field, by guys who often end up wearing dirt—but there is one Manager every baseball fan can get behind in order to take the lead. Yogi Berra.
Here’s my take on Yogi’s starting lineup for how to make your Tiger’s Home Opener a WIN!
“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” You want to start the game—and the Home Opener—with a tried-and-true champion. A winner that you can wear over and over again, that never gets old. Something you can wear everywhere without ever wearing it out.
Starting Pitcher: Setup your hitters and ‘Rock’ it like an All-Star by sporting a Made in Detroit Opening Day 2018 T-Shirt.. Preparation is key in a pitcher, so I’ll guarantee I’m on top of my game (even when I’m still buried under the covers on Opening Day morning) and my timings not off on my changeup by having one of these tees at the handy!
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” I think Yogi would agree that the first meal of the day is always the Breakfast of Champions….
Catcher: This guy takes a beating—up-and-down, up-and-down all game (and day) long…just like you’ll be when you’re jumping out of your seat to cheer on the Tigers! So you want to start out at Home Plate fully fueled for the day. I’m starting my Home Opener in a Very Berry good way right downstairs from my Detroit apartment at the Hudson Café, with friends and neighbors from The Lofts of Merchants Row. Oh, and if you live in the Lofts of Merchants Row, The Hudson Café also delivers…right to your door! But even if you’re just visiting and perhaps considering moving Downtown, this is the place to properly ‘manage’ the way you start your day!
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But you don’t need a fastball, a curveball, or even a Magic 8 Ball to know that 97.1 = 1000, and you’ll be batting a thousand (not to mention possibly winning one of their $1000 an hour contests!) if you have this position pre-set…
First Base: Always a hit, the annual 97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Block Party in Grand Circus Park starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. This position requires power and coordination, and you’ll have both being right across the street from Comerica Park and hanging with celebs (like Paws!). You can enjoy ballpark food, BBQ, beverages, and Big Screen and multiple TVs in the View and Brew Tent, along with interactive games and Opening Day merchandise.
“No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.” A truer lie has never been told when it comes to this next Opening Day Party….
Second Base: So “Come hear the Roar” at the Detroit Home Opener Festival, on the Madison Avenue Festival Grounds (the block at the intersection of Madison and Brush). With performances by the Killer Flamingos and The Dan Tillery Band, 20 of Detroit’s Best DJs, heated beer tents with full bars, the city’s only Hot Dog Eating Challenge, and much, much more in association with The Annex Detroit, Legends Detroit, Dine Drink Detroit, and the one-and-only Jacoby’s German Biergarten. With so much going on, this party will keep you nimble and let you do a quick turn to Comerica Park in plenty of time to make the play. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the party goes until 9 p.m…
“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” I may be missing a position or two (Third Base) but I think my recommendations for Opening Day all add up….
“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” Don’t short yourself. Make the most of the Home Opener with the next player in my Opening Day lineup.
Short Stop: You’ll have the best field position at the Detroit Beer Company Opening Day Party. Just a block away from Comerica you’ll be right where all the action is! You’ll also want quick feet and good hands because this Opening Day Party covers three floors and a DJ! They’ll have a full menu and the freshest brewed beer in town. The Dwarf (an Amber Lager) will keep you fired up and their Broadway Light will let you go the full nine innings without getting full! There’s NO COVER, and while this party will keep you in the field from 9 a.m. until the end of the ‘game,’ consider visiting the ‘Clubhouse’ by joining the DBC Mug Club: you get your own mug, discounts on retail items, and exclusive invitations to events like the Mug Club Party (where members get free food and beer)!
“Pair off in threes.”
Center Field, Left Field, Right Field: You’ll feel the ‘pull’ to the place to be on Opening Day where one party has got you covered: ‘The Town Pump Tavern’s Opening Day Hot Tent Party.’ Right Field requires a strong arm, and you’ll be giving yours a power workout at The Town Pump Tavern with their lineup! Keep your arm warmed up with cold beverages from Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Terrapin Beer Co., Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bayou Rum, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Tequila Corazon and Fireball Whisky! The ‘Tent Party’ opens at 8 a.m., with TVs inside and outside and DJ Zig Zag spinning!
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
Designated Hitter: Since you only get this position in American League Parks, why not grab something you can only get in Detroit…Coneys from American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. Note, I’m saying American and Lafayette, not American or Lafayette…
“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
When you live in Downtown Detroit, you don’t need a Closer, because the celebrations aren’t just on Opening Day. Every day there’s something going on, something to celebrate, and someplace new to try. Right now I’m trying to remember the unforgettable person who said, “Ain’t no party like a Detroit Party”—haha, Kidding!—but I’m pretty sure Yogi would agree it’s true! Living in Downtown Detroit, on Opening Day and every day, is a WIN!