365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Friday, April 5, 2013

T-shirt #15: Tigers Opening Day in Detroit!

T-shirt #15: First day of the Baseball in Detroit for 2013

The first day of Baseball season should be a national holiday. Though the season started Monday, April First, the season really starts, for me, each year on the day of the first home game for the Detroit Tigers.

Today, Friday, April 5, 2013, I am off to see my beloved Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park as they do battle with the New York Yankees.

I have several Baseball shirts, and so if you are following my blog (and, again, thank you for reading), you are going to read much about my love for the game. I love it so much that I like to capitalize it, like the name of a religion: Baseball.

I will fill this blog with tales of my early childhood collecting baseball cards and playing catch (with my dad or the roof) accompanied by the sounds of the Tigers on the radio, the sound of Ernie Harwell. I have much to share on these and other Baseball related topics but not today.

Today is just about opening day. I attended my first home opener in 1997 with my dad (which is special for that reason alone) at the old Tigers Stadium. I have missed only three openers since then.

The Tigers home opener is my pilgrimage. It is Mecca.

Photo courtesy of Liesel MK Tower

The Tigers last played the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series of 2012. This shirt not only commemorates that the Tigers won that series, but that the team won by sweeping the Yankees in four straight games. The series win marked only the second ALCS win since 1984. The other came in 2006 when the Tigers had already beaten the Yankees in the ALDS. They were not able to win the series in either year.

Obviously, I am hoping for more post season wins again this year.

Go Tigers!

Win the series!

As Ernie Harwell coined the phrase in 1984: "Bless you, boys!"

Tigers greats like Ernie Harwell, Sparky Anderson, Virgil Trucks, who died recently, and many others are sorely missed. Today, I will pay homage.

Take me out to the ball park!

Don't forget the Cracker Jack.

- chris tower 1304.05 7:20

A picture of me in Today's T-Shirt at Tigers Opening Day 2013 in front of the statue of Hank Greenberg. Photo courtesy of Matthew Frayer: 1304.05