“Chicks dig the long ball” is a saying often thrown around when talking about hitters in Major League Baseball. Well, if that is indeed the case, they loved Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Prince Fielder quickly shrugged off the disappointing opening series in Minnesota with a pair of bombs that sparked the Detroit offense.
With a three-run homer in the fifth inning, Fielder gave the lead back to Detroit from the New York Yankees, who had taken it the previous inning. It just got over the wall hitting the metal railing that often times brings balls back into the field of play at Comerica Parkin Detroit.
Later in seventh inning after an Alex Avila home run, Fielder added another deep ball just for good measure. A high, towering homer that was a “no doubter” off the bat gave the Tigers an 8-3 lead that ultimately held up. In fact, it was so far gone that former Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch, now with the Yankees, didn’t even turn around in right field.
Many people around baseball are predicting an MVP type year from Fielder, and it’s hard to argue against that. He hit over .300 for the first time last year and also hit over 30 home runs for the sixth straight year. On top of his outstanding stats he also plays every single day, never liking to sit out or even DH for a game. Maybe that’s why he’s so beloved by Tiger fans, and fans all over the country.
The five-RBI day he had makes him one of five players to collect four RBIs in an Opening Day game for Detroit at Comerica Park. He’s always fun to watch, and this year will be no different. We will see an awful lot of home runs off his bat, followed by his famous bat-flips.