It was baseball in bizarro world.

Before the Detroit Tigers opened the season by getting spanked by the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, 7-1, in an empty stadium because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the scene outside Great American Ball Park was beyond strange.

There was no traffic. No excitement. Nobody walking around. Just a handful of people wearing Reds shirts.

Which is pretty much what it looked like inside the stadium, too.

It was dead and empty.

“It was different for sure,” C.J. Cron said, after the strangest Opening Day of his life. “It seems like a lot less intensity. There's nothing really going on. It felt almost like a glorified spring training game.”