OPENING DAY: Fans Watch Detroit Tigers in Downtown Saline

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 03/30/2018 - 19:07

In the picture above Barb Waitz and Ron and Dawn Miller watch the Detroit Tigers on opening day at Dan's Downtown Tavern in Saline Friday afternoon. 

At the time, Pittsburgh led 4-2.

"It's a rebuilding year," Waitz said.

"It's going to be a long year," Ron Miller said.

It certainly was a long opening day - perhaps to the Tigers' credit.

They battled back from a deficit of 4-2 to take a lead. Then they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings, tied at 10.

It looked like the opening day faithful might be rewarded when the umpired ruled Nicholas Castellanos safe as he slid into home to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th. The Tigers poured out of the dugout to celebrate the victory.

But the Pirates challenged the play and the call was overturned. The game went on until the 13th. Pirate Gregory Polanco belted a three-run home run over the fence in right and the Tigers had no answer in the bottom of the inning.

Local bars will be busy Saturday in Saline. Loyola plays Michigan in the NCAA men's basketball final four at 6:09 p.m.

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Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.

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