Aussie Brad Thomas feels Opening Day chill

Those aren’t Opening Day jitters for Tigers reliever Brad Thomas. He’s just that cold.

Thomas likes to brag that he never has a winter. The Australian left-hander enjoys summers pitching in the United States, then returns home in time for the warm season there.

Opening Day weather like Thursday’s cold, rainy conditions in New York really get to him. Heck, even the sunny, mid-40s conditions for Wednesday’s workout got to him.

“This is cold for me,” Thomas said as he debated how many layers of clothing to put on under his jersey. “I’ve had summer all year round for 15 years.”

There are parts of Australia that get snowy conditions, he said, mainly around the mountainous areas. But he lives on the coast, and he doesn’t ski, so he doesn’t go there.

“This,” he said, “is the coldest winter day at home.”

Thomas’ last real bout of winter, he said, would’ve come when he first signed to play in Japan in 2005.

- Jason Beck

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