Ten years ago today the Tigers opened Comerica Park with a 5-2 win over the Mariners. Anyone who was there might still be thawing out.
Here, courtesy of the Tigers Media Guide, are some Comerica Park firsts — some from that day, others a bit later:
- First Pitch: April 11, 2000 — 1:18 p.m. (Brian Moehler, strike to Seattle’s Mark McLemore with umpire Rick Reed behind the plate)
- First Home Run: April 14, 2000 — Juan Gonzalez, bottom of third off Tampa Bay’s Ryan Rupe. With Gonzalez’s three-run shot, it marked the longest stretch without a home run of any new ballpark opened since 1989.
- First RBI: April 11, 2000 — Gregg Jefferies, bottom of first
- First Shutout: April 12, 2000 — Seattle’s Aaron Sele, 4-0.