New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will finally get to see his team in action Tuesday when it takes on Florida Southern College. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Gage’s 140 – words, not characters, from Lakeland, Fla.
It hasn’t meant much in the past.
Sometimes it was a night game in the middle of spring training, wedged into the schedule because it was an obligation.
But for years now it’s been the game that has kicked off the competition of the spring.
The Florida Southern College game, which the Tigers will play Tuesday, takes on some importance this year because Brad Ausmus needs to see his players play — and however that process begins is welcome.
There are batting-order decisions and roster evaluations to make, and while the FSC game might not be crucial in itself along those lines, it’s important for the transition it represents: From the Tigers working out across the street, going through their drills, to a new manager watching his players compete.
Let the games begin, in other words. It’s time.