I attended the Mud Hens Home Opener last night, a 2-1 loss to Columbus, AAA of the Indians. The Hens are 6-2 so far, mostly due to pitching. They have a team ERA of 2.48 so far, but are only hitting .247 as a group.
Wilkin Ramirez singled home Brent Clevlen to score the only run despite the Hens having 10 hits. Starter Ron Chiavacci (who?) only allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Raburn already has 3 homers in the first 8 games.
If you've never attended a Hens game, they are known for having one of the best ballparks in AAA baseball. It really is nice, not having a bad seat in the stadium. However, last night, they set an attendence record of 13,100 people. And it was annoying. You couldn't move in the place...shoulder to shoulder people. Food, beer, and bathroom lines were unbelievable. Drunks were all over the place outside the stadium cussing up a storm in front of little kids. Another lovely night in Toledo, Ohio.
Brightest spot for me as a Tigers fan, though, was seeing an interview with Raburn before the game. The guy interviewing him started with a prickish question dealing with the "surprise" of Ryan being a Mud Hen again instead of Detroit. But Raburn answered that and all questions with a smile and really acted like a nice guy that liked playing for the Hens. He said he's willing to do whatever the organization asks of him and came off as a real class act.