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The Tigers and Royals practice on Sunday before Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

The Tigers and Royals practice on Sunday before Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Tigers home opener is Monday against the Kansas City Royals and fans are excited for this season. David Ellis, of Detroit, thinks the Tigers will win it all.

“I’m gonna say I know they will,” said Ellis. “I have a good strong faith in my team, my city.”

Jill Drnek, of Detroit, is looking forward to the home opener.

“Well, it’s gonna be gorgeous out tomorrow and I think it’s gonna be perfect for another great Tigers season. We’ve got a new coach and I think we’re ready for another great season,” said Drnek.

Making his first opening day game appearance is Gary Crane of Lincoln Park.

Crane stopped by the ballpark to watch the Tigers and the Royals practice before Monday’s game.

“You would think it’s Christmas holiday, ” said Crane. “You’ll get a hundred thousand people down here. It’s just absolutely madness, and it is a great time.”

Crane added that with Cabrera’s $292 million contract – he’s looking forward to a winning season.

Skylynn Beno, of Ypsilanti, was at the ballpark Sunday taking pictures but not so sure she’d still be able to get tickets for Opening Day.

Brad Ausmus

Brad Ausmus

Brad Ausmus the new manager for the Detroit Tigers told WWJ’s Beth Fisher that he’s looking forward to getting the season started.

“Overall, I feel very good about it…excited about, about Monday. You know, it’ll be fun. Looks like the weather is gonna be decent..knock on wood and I’m lookin’ forward to it,” said Ausmus.

If you are heading to Comerica Park Monday for the home opener you’ll want to get there early due to the enhanced security measures.

All fans will be screened as they enter the park … all bags will be searched … and all streets around Comerica Park will be restricted from vehicle traffic.

Find complete Opening Day information and find out more information about the stricter security measures [HERE]

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