Between the ceremonies and the family members in attendance, Leyland says, Opening Day feels like more than a game. The second game, even with a sellout crowd, is the start of the daily routine that Leyland wants his team to settle into.
To that end, Leyland said he skipped any thought of an off-day workout Friday so that players and coaches could get settled in. With Wednesday's exhibition game against Triple-A Toledo, many of them had barely been in their in-season homes before Opening Day.
"I didn't want them to do anything yesterday, because that gives them the day to get their stuff situated," Leyland said Saturday. "Unpack their bags, you know, let their families get in, get their apartments straightened out. ... You start getting into a little more of a routine here shortly."
For many, the day was appreciated.
"Great off-day, got a lot of stuff done," said Max Scherzer, who came to the park to play catch in the morning before running errands in the afternoon. "Got a lot of shopping done, picked up some groceries, got toilet paper, trash bags, I was able to get everything taken care of. That was a great off-day."