But the real star at Comerica Park on Opening Day was the brand-new LCD scoreboard that gave Tigers fans clips and videos in glorious high-definition.
Since its opening in 2000, the Tigers home scoreboard has been one of the more disappointing aspects of what is otherwise a fine ballpark.
The main problem was that so much of the space on the structure was devoted to advertisements, overwhelming what was really a bare-bones scoreboard. And with HD video now available, the screen used to show some clips was rather embarrassing.
(Another issue is that the actual structure was placed too far toward the left-field corner, meaning that fans near that section couldn't actually see the scoreboard. But that's an issue the Tigers and their fans will unfortunately have to live with.)
But all of that is in the past now, as the Tigers significantly upgraded the ballpark scoreboard over the winter. (Even the Tiger statues placed atop the scoreboard were sent away for some pampering and polishing.)
Now fans at Comerica Park no longer have to look with envy at, say, the experience that Kansas City Royals fans have at Kauffman Stadium. The ballpark now has the scoreboard it deserves.