Apr 3, 2024 - Sports

Tigers bring hot start to Detroit's Opening Day

The Tigers' Kerry Carpenter is congratulated by teammates following a home run in Chicago last week.

The Tigers' Kerry Carpenter breaks out the team's new celebration as he's congratulated by teammates after a home run in Chicago last week. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The Tigers are off to a hot start ahead of Friday's Opening Day at Comerica Park.

Why it matters: Fans are desperate for winning baseball after last year's injury-riddled, 84-loss campaign.

  • It's been a decade since the franchise has been to the postseason.

State of play: Despite a 4-0 record, expectations are low as the team is one of baseball's youngest.

For casuals looking to show some Tigers spirit this season, here's a cheat sheet to get ready for Detroit's Opening Day.

⭐️ Star players: First baseman Spencer Torkelson and center fielder Riley Greene are the main draws. The Tigers are without future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera for the first time in 16 seasons.

  • On the mound, Tarik Skubal and Jack Flaherty are names to watch. In Sunday's win, Flaherty pitched six innings, giving up four hits and only one earned run.

🌭 Opening Day events: The Downtown Detroit Partnership is hosting a free Opening Day party at Grand Circus Park.

ğŸŽ™ï¸ What's new: Comerica's new 15,600-square-foot videoboard is MLB's second largest.

  • Fans watching at home will notice a new voice on Bally Sports Detroit: Jason Benetti, who fans regard as one of the most respected broadcasters in the business.
  • The players also have a new home run celebration using a pizza spear resembling the one carried by the Little Caesars mascot.

What they're saying: The new celebration was Torkelson's idea, according to Greene.

  • "Is there any way we can get the 'Pizza Pizza' guy's stick? — I think I heard someone say that was in a commercial shoot," Torkelson told MLB Network this week.

If you go: Friday's game at 1:10pm is in high demand — standing-room-only tickets for $99 are the only non-resale option available. There's a 40% chance of rain and a high of 46 for game day.

  • There are still tickets left in several sections for games on Saturday and Sunday.
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