For the general population, Sunday is seen as a day of rest; it is the last day to relax and unwind before the start of another busy work week.
However, for the Detroit Tigers and for many MLB teams, having Sundays off will be an extremely rare thing once Spring Training games start this week. It marks the unofficial start to the 2014 season and the last time the Tigers will have a full, relaxing Sunday off until the season is over. Yes, they do have the Sunday off before Opening Day, but with playing a Spring Training game the day before and getting ready for the start of the season the next day, it is pretty doubtful that it will be a relaxing day for the players and coaches. It is the last time for a long time that the players can relax on a Sunday without having to concentrate on not only playing a game that day, but playing six or seven games in the following week.
That is just the way of life for baseball players. Sunday afternoons are synonymous with baseball games, and not to mention watching Sunday Night Baseball is one of the highlights of the week during the spring and summer months.
As the start of Spring Training comes around the corner, the Tigers will take the field with one of the best teams not only in the American League, but in the MLB as well. They lost some key players this offseason, such as Prince Fielder and Doug Fister, but they have done well in becoming a better all-around team by adding second baseman Ian Kinsler and closer Joe Nathan. Not to mention they still have the two-time defending AL MVP in Miguel Cabrera and a couple of Cy Young winners in Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.
Of course, just like with any team, there are questions surrounding this team. How will the Tigers perform under first-year manager Brad Ausmus? Can Cabrera have another MVP-type season without Fielder in the lineup? Will Rick Porcello finally turn it around this year? And even though these Spring Training games will not give a perfect answer to these questions, it will provide some insight of what Tiger fans can expect from their team this year.
Hopefully the Tigers are rested and are ready to go, because the road to a championship starts this week, and they will not have many Sundays off on that journey to the playoffs.