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.