If you're heading out to LMCU Ball Park tonight to watch the West Michigan Whitecaps kick off their 2022 season tonight, here's what to expect when you go.

5. Stealing Will Be Encouraged

The Minor Leagues will be experimenting with bigger bases this season. The rule change, which is being experimented with in the minors before heading to the big leagues next season is meant to encourage more players to steal bases, which is what fans say they want to see. The bases in 2022 will be 18 square inches, as opposed to 15 last season. Second base will also be a little over a foot closer to first base, further encouraging theft.

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4. You'll Have A Warm Head

Even though it looks like temperatures will be in the mid-60s at game time, it is free winter hat night, with the first 1000 fans receiving a Whitecaps themed knit cap. I still have mine from three years ago, and it's pretty comfy when shoveling snow. Not that I want to do that again anytime soon.

3. You'll See The Detroit Tigers Top Draft Picks Play

Top pick, pitcher Ty Madden, pitched in their last game, Sunday, in Midland against the Great Lakes Loons, so he'll be resting, but other top picks catcher Eliezer Alfonzo, infielder Colt Keith, and outfielders Parker Meadows and Bryant Packard will see action.

Austin Murr, drafted in the sixth round and hit .344 in 25 games to end the 2021 season last year, and outfielder Austin Schultz, headline a few offensive returnees to West Michigan.

“The 2022 roster is a great combination of returning players and new players coming to West Michigan,” Whitecaps Vice President and General Manager Jim Jarecki said. "The performance on the field will be competitive and a number of players are ready to show their talents here in West Michigan.”

2. You'll Be First To Taste The 2022 Fan Food Vote Winner

Greek Gyro Nachos will feature Pita chips, smothered in Gyro meat, feta cheese, onions, and tomatoes, all topped with a generous portion of tzatziki sauce.

Traditional favorites like hot dogs, popcorn, are also on the menu, in addition to the Founder's Rooftop with plenty of craft beer, and the Lumberman's Bar-B-Q areas will be stocked up and ready to feed your face.

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1. You'll Go Home With A Bang!

The Family Fare fireworks are back at LMCU Ball Park, and will set the night ablaze, immediately following the game, which by the way, starts at 6:35pm.

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Ray Hennessy via Unsplash
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