By The Numbers: Nine Facts About Detroit Tigers Opening Day

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It’s another Detroit Tigers Opening Day in Pure Michigan, signaling the start of spring and the beginning of another season of Motor City Kitties baseball. For generations, Tigers fans would excitedly listen to the late Ernie Harwell recite “The Song of the Turtle” before each opening Day, and prepare for another season with the “boys of summer”.

To celebrate Opening Day in Detroit, considered by many as an unofficial holiday in Michigan, we rounded up nine Tigers opening day statistics. Make sure to check out our April Events Roundup for everything else happening in April in Pure Michigan.

.561 – The Tigers’ winning percentage for Opening Day games since 1901. The Tigers own a 64-50 record for opening day, including both home and away games. All time, the Tigers own a .507 winning percentage with a 9085-8806 record.

8– The number of new delectable food items available this season at Comerica Park. These include: deep fried Oreos, downtown dog, mac daddy dog, brat pop, smokehouse fries, pork rind nachos, chicken and waffles and a fried bologna sandwich.

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8 – Times the Tigers have opened the season at Comerica Park since its opening in 2000. Before Comerica Park, the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912-1999.

11 – The number of opening day games pitcher Justin Verlander has spent with the Tigers. Verlander, who is currently the longest-tenured player with the team at eleven years, famously won the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in 2011.

12 – The numbers of new faces on the 2016 Opening Day roster compared to 2015. These include: Buck Farmer, Logan Kensing, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, Francisco Rodriguez, Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen, Justin Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and Justin Upton. (Whew!)

20 – The most runs scored by a Tigers team during an opening day game. This record was set on April 13, 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

24 – The number of Opening Day games the Tigers have played under the ownership of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Along with the Tigers, the Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.

30,000 – The average number of hot dogs sold at a Detroit Tigers home game. Pass the mustard!

45,068 – Fans that attended Opening Day in Detroit in 2014, setting a franchise record for attendance.

If you couldn’t make it downtown for the festivities, here’s a quick look at how Tigers fans spent the day.

What are your favorite Detroit Tigers opening day memories? Tell us below!

Here’s an Activity You Can’t Miss at the Henry Ford this Spring

Looking for something new to experience in metro Detroit? The Henry Ford has your answer! Read below as social media manager Lish Dorset explains the excitement around the new Giant Screen Experience in Dearborn and a couple special flicks you can’t miss this spring.

We’ve got a busy year ahead of us here at The Henry Ford! Kicking off 2016, we began work on the transformation of our cinematic offering inside Henry Ford Museum. At the beginning of April, our guests will enjoy a re-invented cinematic experience complete with new 4K digital state-of-the-art projection system, sound, screen and seating when The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience opens. As we like to say, prepare to be wowed.

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The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience will feature unique programs including a venue for the Cinetopia International Film Festival in June, a Thursday Night Flix series and feature films that further explore the people, places, themes and ideas that bring the American experience to life.

To kick-off the opening of the Giant Screen Experience, we’ll be showing MacGillivray Freeman Films’ National Parks Adventure 3D, an immersive film that takes audiences soaring up exposed rock faces, hurtling down steep mountain cliffs and exploring other-wordly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor places. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, the film is an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.

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The upgrades to the Giant Screen Experience were designed by D3D Cinema, who installed the new dual Christie 4K digital projection with MasterImage 3-D technology, the QSC audio system and new MDI premium silver screen for exceptional resolution and brightness. The system features the first museum-based ultra-high resolution 4K projection system in the greater Detroit area.

When the Giant Screen Experience opens, members of The Henry Ford will now have the added benefit of seeing traditional documentary films for free, including new films – National Parks Adventure and James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge 3D. Members will also receive discounts to any special pop-up programming, classic feature-length films and more moving forward.

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Tickets for the Giant Screen Experience are now available. For upcoming programming information, make sure to keep an eye on The Henry Ford website.

Lish Dorset is the social media manager at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

9 Michigan Outdoor Items to Have this Spring/Summer

As the weather starts to warm up, we’re thinking ahead to spring and summer.  Most Michiganders will be spending more and more time outside. Whether playing sports, grilling, tailgating or fishing, there are so many options to enjoy the outdoors in the Great Lakes state. Many also start to think about decorating outside their homes with items they put away for the wintertime. With that in mind, we rounded up a few outdoor Michigan-themed items for you to demonstrate your Michigan pride.

DoormatMichigan Doormat
Welcome your guests with this one-of-a-kind doormat with the silhouette of the state of Michigan. Each one is handmade and made-to-order with quality products. You can even customize to your liking with different size and color options making it a unique accent to your doorstep.

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Michigan Adirondack Chair
The Michigan-based store Art Van sells these spectacular Adirondack chairs perfect for your backyard or porch. Be sure to check out the footstools that are sold separately so you can mix and match colors! These will be sure to wow your guests.

 

 

 

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State of Michigan Flag
Let your Michigan pride fly with this State of Michigan flag that can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. Made out of good quality nylon in the United States, this flag will last!. You can also add a pole hem or fringe if needed.

Grillmat

 

Mr. Bar-B-Q – NCAA – Protective Grill Mat, MSU
Show off your team spirit with this cool grill mat. It is made out of high-quality padded vinyl that soaks up any spills or splatters so that you can keep your deck clean. Check out the grill covers to match the mat. And if you’re not a State fan, don’t worry. There’s a Wolverines version too.

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Pure Michigan Iceberg Cooler
Keep all of your drinks or food cold while also making your friends and family envious with this awesome cooler perfect for camping or trips to the beach. The sides feature custom Pure Michigan artwork perfect for showing off the beauty of our state.

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Michigan Wolverines Gnome Garden Bobblehead
Decorate your lawn with this sports-team themed gnome. Show everyone who drives by which team you root for. This officially licensed product is hand-painted and made of durable resin. There’s even a zombie version! Check out the site for more cool items and other team options.

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Michigan Cornhole Board Set with Bags
Cornhole is a fun Michigan pastime that everyone loves to play when the weather warms up. These custom cornhole boards are sure to be a fun addition to parties or get-togethers. To make it even more special, you can order addons such as LED hole lights, rope handles, drink holders and more!

PistonsBirdfeederDetroit Pistons License Plate Bird Feeder
This item is for all you bird lovers out there. This cool addition to your yard will have birds flocking. This bird feeder is made of cedar and stainless steel so it will not rust. Of course, you can also order another favorite Michigan team for more personalization. Deeetroit Basketballlll!

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Michigan Stepping Stones with Petosky Stone
These stepping stones are sold by Sturgeon River Pottery, based in Wolverine, Michigan. They are made out of Petosky Stone and include both the Upper and Lower peninsulas. These stones would make the perfect addition to your yard, being both stylish and functional.

 

 

What are your favorite Michigan outdoor items? Let us know in the comments below!