After a season in which he gave up four earned runs, three in April and one after that, a season that passed amid countless decisions and relentless attention to the next pitch and only the next pitch, Zach Britton went home to Texas, to his backyard, where, surrounded by friends and family, it occurred to him, that happened. The perfect season, or near enough to one to count, had come and gone. “They were asking me what I was thinking about,” Britton said of his friends.
The Detroit Tigers held a memorial to former owner Mike Ilitch before the start of Friday’s spring training opener against the Baltimore Orioles. It was an opportunity for fans and players to pay their last respects to the man whose competitive fire drove the resurgence of Tigers baseball over the past decade. It was also an opportunity for owner Chris Ilitch to express his family’s thanks for the love expressed toward his father since his passing. He also took the opportunity to expound on his own ownership philosophy, and to reassure fans and players that the Tigers’ pursuit of a World Series would not flag under his stewardship. Mike Ilitch’s health was a delicate subject in recent years.
The exhibition season official started Friday as Grapefruit League and Cactus League games got underway. Real live baseball has returned. Thank goodness for that. I was so ready for the offseason to be over. The Royals and Rangers share a spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona, and earlier this week they released the new menu at Surprise Stadium. Among the new items is a hot dog wrapped in a burger wrapped in bacon. For real. Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 has the details: Triple Play: A 1/3 pound hot dog is wrapped in a 5.3 oz burger patty and secured in two slices of bacon for $8.75. Ask for a ladle-full of nacho cheese on top to round the bases! Only 890 calories! All things considered, 890