Craig Skeltis paints the blue outline of the Olde English D logo behind home plate at Comerica Park. (John T. Greilick/The Detroit News)
Lynn Henning, Detroit News staff writer
To no one's surprise who knew him during his double-tour years as the Tigers bullpen closer, Todd Jones doesn't remember a particular Opening Day game or save.
Rather, when he thinks back upon those days at Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park, he remembers visuals, atmosphere, and how a game could act as a touchstone for a town and its team.
"Opening Day was one of the few ways to mark your time in the big leagues," Jones said from his home in Georgia, where he lives three years after retiring from baseball. "It was a tip of the cap to things brand-new.
"In Detroit, Opening Day's bigger. It's a sign to the fans that it won't be cold and gray anymore -- that the Tigers will be there every night to give you something to watch andRead More »from Home opener is simply bigger in Detroit