It’s here. It’s finally here. We’ve had to wait 107 days since we last saw our Detroit Tigers take the field, but now they’re back and I couldn’t be happier.
It’s been a tough hiatus. We’ve had to suffer through people’s posts and tweets about their political opinions, their posts and tweets about the holidays and their posts and tweets about their family—yes, it has been insufferable and objectionable couple months on the Internet.
However, beginning today, the Tigers are officially back and practicing. So far it’s just their pitchers and catchers who have reported, but soon they will all be down in Lakeland, Fla. The excitement will continue to build with fans recognizing Spring Training as a harbinger for the end of cold days in Michigan, a relief for sufferers of Seasonal-Affect Disorder and, hopefully, and a hiatus from all those NFL pundits.
Watching Justin Verlander in action has me excited already. It’s truly fantastic to see him in Tigers gear and not any garb from the WBC. Frankly, I never saw it as a smart move for him to play in the World Baseball Classic or join the Westboro Baptist Church—two organizations that have gained notoriety by forwarding their absolutely abhorrent agendas.
Plus, today brought what could be the beginning of something amazing: Alex Avila catching for Bruce Rondon. Time will tell if this will be the ninth-inning combination that will be able to slam the door shut on Tigers’ opponents in 2013, but it’s definitely a good omen to see Jim Leyland and his whiskers of wisdom pairing them together on the first day.
It’s baseball and it’s back. Truly, it’s better than Christmas and I don’t just mean Christmas for Jehovah Witnesses, atheists or Jewish people who don’t like egg rolls and wonton soup.