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Baseball, Brews, and Braving the Elements on Opening Day

Opening Day by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Baseball, Brews, and Braving the Elements on Opening Day

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For the first time in 50 years, every Major League Baseball team will be playing on Opening Day.

We do have to account for the fact that there were 10 less professional teams than there are in 2018 but this is still a moment worth taking note of.

I love all of the major sports but there’s always been something extra special about baseball to me. Maybe because it’s a game that my dad loves and taught me so I associate it with him. He was a pretty good player in his younger days (me, not so much) but we spent countless hours playing catch, fielding ground balls, and trying to establish a good presence in the batter’s box at the field on the grounds of my elementary school. I have vivid memories of sitting in those sticky Tiger Stadium seats and him explaining the rules of the game to me.

There’s a lot of reasons I love baseball but he’s probably the biggest one.

That being said, I’m not sure what Opening Day looks like where you are from, but at this point its an unofficial holiday in the city of Detroit. And as far as I’m convinced “ain’t no party like a De-troit party cuz a De-troit party don’t stop”. Admit it… sang along with that didn’t you? No? Just me?

…just in case you didn’t know what the song sounds like.

Personally, I don’t have a lot of first-hand experience with what it looks like other places, except for the one Opening Day 7 years ago, I went to at Yankee Stadium and sat on a freezing metal bleacher on a cold rainy day, too chilled to even fathom drinking a beer. And there’s very few things I enjoy more than drinking beer. So yeah, not really much of a party atmosphere. And it’s no secret that I already think Yankee Stadium feels a bit “cold” in general.

In Detroit, the festivities can start as early as 6 am in and around the Comerica Park area and Corktown, the neighborhood where Tiger Stadium once stood. And much like the post office neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these devoted fans from braving the elements to cheer on their team. It’s anybody’s guess as to what Mother Nature has in store for these brave souls.

Considering that this is the earliest Opening Day to date it’s highly likely that you could be wearing your favorite player’s jersey over your winter jacket and wrapped up in a blanket as opposed to being in short sleeves and shorts.

Let’s be honest at least one person will be inappropriately dressed. I’m sure we all know that guy, don’t we?

Although Spring may have officially sprung according to the calendar, it is 2018 and global warming exists so many of us around the country are still waiting to actually feel it. For many people, however, Opening Day is one of those unofficial real starts to spring. In the state of Michigan, the release of Bells Oberon is also an unofficial kick-off to spring and that happened on Monday. Coincidence? I think not. See? I told you I wasn’t kidding about my love of beer. I mean, baseball and beer are as classic of an American combination as they come.

No matter what the forecast holds in store for fans across the country they’ll be out in force on Thursday with high hopes for what the next 182 games could hold in store. Hope does spring eternal after all. And hey, the last time every team played on opening day the Tigers won the World Series!

I know….I’m fooling myself.

It’s a rebuilding year.

But hey, a girl can dream, right??

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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