We begin our nationwide tour in Motown, where the new-look Tigers host the newly-managed BoSox. Are the Sox still one of the teams to beat for the whole thing? Are the Tigers the runaway favorites for the AL Central crown and potentially a lot more? It's Jon Lester vs. Justin Verlander. This could be a great pitcher's duel as well as a ton of offense. Try a fun drinking game with this. Every time you see Jim Leyland in the dugout smoking a cigarette, take a shot or chug a beer. You may be completely trashed by the top of the second...or less.
Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers - 1:05 PM ET - NESN, FSN Detroit
Our next stop is to the Big Apple, and yes, literally. We're headed to Queens where the Mets host the Braves. Both teams are looking for better outcomes than 2011. The Mets stunk for as high as their payroll was. The Braves had an epic collapse, Yankees '04 ALCS style. Chipper won't play today, but this begins his farewell tour. Find out which team will be on top at day's end. This game features Tommy Hanson vs. Johan Santana, who really hopes this team plays better. By the way, Mets fans, start praying now that achy-breaky Davey (Wright) doesn't tweak something before his first AB of the year.
Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets - 1:10 PM ET - Sports South, Sports New York
The next stop is a bit redundant. The Flyers and the Pens play each other twice IN Pittsburgh in the final week of the season, last Sunday and this Saturday. There's also a good chance they'll play each other in the first round of the playoffs...but that's not good enough. To make Pittsburgh and Philly sports fans even sicker of each other, the Bucs host the Phillies for opening weekend! The Bucs are looking to improve even more over last year. The Phils are trying to start yet another division-winning season. This game will feature Doc (Roy Halladay) vs. Erik Bedard. Can the Phillies start off with a bang? Will Pittsburgh start off well and continue it to 82 wins or more? Here we go!
Philadelphia Phillies @ Pittsburgh Pirates - 1:35 PM ET - WB17 Philadelphia, ROOT Pittsburgh
For our next stop, we're hightailing it out of the 'Burgh and out to the Windy City. The Cubbies start year number...okay I won't say it, Cubs fans
Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs - MASN, WGN
Next we're headed back east a little ways to pay a visit to
Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians - 3:05 PM ET - RSN, Sports Time Ohio
As mentioned the Marlins go on the road for game 2, and we literally travel right down the road to find them in Cincy. The Reds just gave Joey Votto a new 12-year deal. The Marlins have a ton of new faces. The Reds are looking to get back on top after taking a step back. Mark Buehrle followed Ozzie down to Miami, he'll get the nod on day number 2 for the Fish. The Reds will give the opening day ball to Johnny Cueto. Will Buehrle be able to shut down the loaded Reds offense? Or will it be another dismal showing for Miami to kickoff 2012?
Miami Marlins @ Cincinnati Reds - 4:10 PM ET - FSN Ohio, ESPN2
Finally, we head out west where the announcers duel is just as good as the pitcher's duel. It's Vin Scully versus Dick Enberg. Here's a good drinking game for this one too. If you have the chance to actually see the Padres broadcast, take a shot or chug a beer every time Dick Enberg utters his famous "oh my!" This game is at Petco, and Edinson Volquez will start for his new team, hoping to rebound from a very disappointing season for the Reds that actually warranted a trip back to the minors. On the mound for the Dodgers, who else? It's Clayton Kershaw. How many will he strike out on opening day? I'm putting the over/under at 10.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres - 7:05 PM ET - FSN Prime Ticket, MLB Network
This is your place to come and talk (or bitch) about the game(s) you're watching today. If your team isn't playing today, they'll certainly open their season tomorrow. Which games besides your own team are you most looking forward to for opening day?
I'm Bryan Kramer for The Blitzburgh Pit Stop reminding you that everyone knows the last two words of our National Anthem are...PLAY BALL!
BK over and out