Tigers open home schedule with no fans

Players and coaches learn to deal with changes
Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 22:06:54-04
Tigers open home schedule with no fans

The Detroit Tigers have played intrasquad games at Comerica Park without fans, they've played regular season games in Cincinnati without fans, Monday night they played their first game at Comerica Park without fans.

"It's baseball, as I've said all along, it's really hard without fans," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. They're the biggest part of the game and when we're there that's what gets you all fired up, just not there so we have to fire ourselves up in the dugout and social distance so that's not good either."

"Playing with no fans is something new," Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin added. "Now I realize how much I value the fans, whether it's home or away fans, they personally speaking energize me."

The biggest goal is to stay healthy.

Monday, the Miami Marlins were forced to postpone their game with the Orioles because of several positive COIVD-19 tests.

"I think us players knew or had an idea that something like this could happen," Tigers infielder Jordy Mercer said about the Marlins outbreak of COVID-19. "The way we saw over the news that it can spread like wildfire, I think you're blind if you were saying this wasn't going to happen."

The Royals and Tigers are scheduled to play game two of their series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.