First game, first hit, first everything.
Whatever's to come for the Tigers, good or bad, it began Friday with an ideal inning at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Adjusting to a position switch that's caused immense attention, Miguel Cabrera looked quick while reacting to the only ball hit to him at third base.
No big deal. One grounder, one play.
But not a tiny deal, either.
And Prince Fielder, the thumping first baseman who bumped Cabrera to third, doubled in a run on the first pitch thrown to him in any kind of competition with the Tigers.
Can you really ask for anything more than that from an otherwise inconsequential exhibition against Florida Southern College, a game Detroit won, 11-1.
The fact is you can't.
Fielder got a kick out of it. That's for sure.
"I like hits, even if I'm playing with my kids," said the father of two. "If they're throwing it, I'm trying to get a hit."
Of course, the ovation Fielder received from the crowd of 3,464 wasn't lost on him, either.
"I was nervous," he said. "But I'm always nervous, especially the first at-bat. I just wanted to get a hit."
The Tigers are a team of impact players: Not just Cabrera and Fielder, but Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde, as well.
Verlander won't make his first start until Monday against the Blue Jays.
And there was no way Valverde was going to be used against Florida Southern, even if it is the traditional way the Tigers open their spring competition.
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