DETROIT -- The historically cold winter weather was a rude awakening for many Tigers players who flew in from warmer climates for the Winter Caravan, even though many thought they were prepared. Neither Joe Nathan nor Torii Hunter were about to gripe.
In fact, they laughed. They still remember their days on the Twins Winter Caravan.
"I pretend like this is tough," Hunter said, "but we had to go on the Winter Caravan [in Minnesota] for seven days in 22-below, in Fargo, way north into Canada. We were dying. This right here, two days?"
Nathan nodded in agreement.
"This is like summer," Nathan said.
Not all of their teammates were coming in from warmer weather, though. New Tigers reliever Ian Krol took a chance at the North American International Auto Show to express his sympathy.
"I come from Chicago," Krol told fans, "so I feel your pain."
Speaking of Minnesota, Hunter saw the last days of the Metrodome on television, watching highlights of that famous roof being deflated. His reaction, surprisingly, was similar to many around Detroit.
"Good riddance," said Hunter, who wasn't a fan of the artificial surface.