10 Things You Missed At Comerica Park!

The #Tigers wrapped up a nine-game homestand with a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. Here are 10 things you may have missed at Comerica Park while you were watching the Tigers on the field.

1. Pink Out the Park

The Tigers and Karmanos Cancer Institute teamed up to celebrate and honor those touched by breast cancer. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the park to support breast health awareness.

 

2. Meryl and Charlie’s first pitch

Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White threw out the first pitch to start the homestand.

 

3. Star Wars Night

 

More than 50 Star Wars characters were on hand Saturday night to help celebrate Star Wars Night at Comerica Park!

 

4. Alex Avila’s Catch

Alex Avila or Spiderman?

 

5. Two big home runs

Ian Kinsler and Alex Avila both hit late-inning home runs to help the Tigers sweep the Indians on Saturday and Sunday.

 

6. Miggy to Megatron

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#Touchdown

 

7. Salute to First Responders

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The Tigers celebrated the men and women of local fire and police departments and their dedication to our community through public service in a special pre-game on-field ceremony.

 

8. Kids Club Meet and Greet

Some lucky Kids Club Members got to meet J.D. Martinez before Friday night’s game.

 

9. FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction

The #TigersWives and FOX Sports Detroit teamed up to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, with the annual event.

 

10. Happy Birthday Eleanor!

Homestand Highlights (9/5 – 9/14)

The #Tigers return to Detroit after a 5-3 road trip that saw eight games in seven days in Chicago and Cleveland. They split their series against the White Sox going 2-2 and wrapped up a three-win series against the Indians last night. With 23 games left in the regular season, #EveryGameCounts.

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9/5 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Gloves for Kids Weekend of Giving: The Tigers will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment outside of Comerica Park to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The Tigers will be accepting donations outside of Gate A (by the Big Tiger) beginning two hours prior to first pitch all weekend long. In addition, the first 250 fans to donate will receive a special gift from the Detroit Tigers. Give a child the opportunity to play the game of baseball with a donation to Gloves for Kids! You do not need a game ticket to donate.
  • The first pitches will be thrown out by Red Wings forward Luke Glendening and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

9/6 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Kinsler’s Kids: Through the generosity of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and his wife Tess, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Kinsler family invites 20 guests from local charitable organizations focused on serving the needs of children to attend a Tigers baseball game. Today’s Kinsler’s Kids are from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

9/7 – GIANTS v. TIGERS – at 8:07 PM ET

  • Back-to-School Lunchbox: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Back-to-School lunchbox, courtesy of Kroger.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • The first pitch will be thrown by the Detroit Tigers winner of the 2014 MLB, Target and Time Inc.’s People All-Star Teachers Program Michael Sinclair. Sinclair represented the Tigers at the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field where he was recognized for his outstanding commitment to his students and profession.

9/8 – ROYALS  v. TIGERS – at 4:08 PM ET

  • Mario’s MVP: Each Monday home game during the 2014 season, Tigers broadcaster, Mario Impemba invites 30 Veterans of all eras and the families impacted by the loss of a loved one in support of our nation, to come down to the ballpark on the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express and enjoy a Tigers game.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the winner of the annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition held during the Tigers annual Negro Leagues Weekend Kavahna Webb.
  • Motor City Sports Party: 97.1 The Ticket is throwing a Motor City Sports Party in Grand Circus Park all day!

9/9 – ROYALS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Willie Horton Batting for Kids Pre-game Ceremony: The 2014 Willie Horton’s Batting for Kids took place at Comerica Park on Friday, July 11. Over 450 Detroit area youth age 5-15 participated in a development, and baseball skills competition. The participants competed for awards in three different skill areas including batting, throwing and baserunning. The top boy and girl in each age division will be recognized during a special pre-game on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Captain Colter Bahlau of the United States Marine Corps.
  • FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction: Throughout Tuesday’s game, FOX Sports Detroit will be broadcasting the Detroit Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit Broadcast Auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The baskets feature items hand-selected by the #TigersWives, including unique memorabilia and autographed items, along with their famous husbands’ favorite things like restaurant gift cards, CDs, DVDs, snacks and more! The auction also includes baskets filled with the favorite things of some of your favorite FOX Sports Detroit personalities. Additionally, fans can bid on Tigers mascot, PAWS’ “Favorite Things” basket exclusively online! The packages will be auctioned during the broadcast on FOX Sports Detroit and MLB.tv. For the first time ever, fans attending the game will also have the opportunity to bid on the baskets at a special table inside the Brushfire Grille at Comerica Park. A full description of each package can be found at tigers.com/wives. In addition to bidding on items, fans can donate to the Tigers Foundation. The first 200 people to call and donate $50-or-more will receive a special Detroit Tigers mystery grab bag with an autographed item.

9/10 – ROYALS v. TIGERS – at 7:10 PM ET

  • First Responders Recognition: The Tigers will celebrate the men and women of local fire and police departments and their dedication to our community through public service in a special pre-game on-field ceremony. The club will also honor the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on September 11th, as well as local first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Tigers donated 1,000 tickets to local firefighters and police officers so that they would have the opportunity to enjoy a game alongside their families. Select firefighters and police officers will be recognized for their service to our local communities prior to the national anthem. The Farmington Hills Fire and Police Departments provide a joint services honor guard to present the colors during the National Anthem and two first responders will throw a ceremonial first pitch as a guest of Miller Lite.

9/12 – INDIANS  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Third Annual Pink Out the Park: The Detroit Tigers and Karmanos Cancer Institute have teamed up to celebrate and honor those touched by breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the park to support breast health awareness. The first 10,000 women through the gates will receive a Pink Out the Park tote bag, courtesy of Delta Air Lines and there will be a special pre-game, on-field ceremony featuring hundreds of breast cancer survivors. Special Detroit Tigers pink dog tags will be available for purchase for $10 at all Comerica Park retail locations. Additionally, pink baseballs and bats autographed by Ian Kinsler, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Omar Vizquel and Alex Avila will be available for purchase at the Tigers authentics kiosk behind section 134. A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. In addition, Pink Out the Park tribute cheer cards, courtesy of FSD will be distributed to fans entering the ballpark and Karmanos will have Health Kiosks for fans to learn more about breast health at all gates. Fans can still purchase a Pink Out the Park ticket package that includes a game ticket, donation to the Karmanos Cancer Institute and a 2014 Pink Out the Park t-shirt by visiting tigers.com/pinkout.
  • Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by First Lieutenant Anthony Sierawski of the United States Marine Corps from Sterling Heights, Michigan.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi (weather permitting).

9/13 – INDIANS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Star Wars Night: Use the force and head down to the ballpark for Star Wars Night! There will be a special on-field parade featuring more than 50 of your favorite Star Wars characters and music from the Michigan Philharmonic Brass Quintet, photo opportunities with characters at gates A and B, as well as Star Wars music throughout the concourse and special in-game surprises.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Star Wars character Boba Fett.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Detroit Tigers and Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers’ Third Annual O’ Say Can You Sing contest winner Nick Sheehan.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Anthony Reyna of the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division from Taylor, Michigan.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, courtesy of Pepsi and Meijer (weather permitting).

9/14 – INDIANS v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Back-to-School Sandwich Case: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Back-to-School Sandwich Case, courtesy of SVS Vision.
  • Sunday Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a mini Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award: Prior to the game Tigers infielder/outfielder Don Kelly will be recognized by the Players’ Association as the Tigers recipient of the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award, given to active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
  • Jewish Heritage Day: Join the Detroit Tigers and local community organizations to celebrate the club’s Jewish Heritage, including Tigers legend Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, on the 80th Anniversary of Greenberg leading the Tigers to the 1934 American League pennant. A donation will be made to the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation for each ticket package which includes: Upper box Infield or Upper Reserve ticket and Limited Edition mini Hank Greenberg Hall of Fame replica plaque. Please visit tigers.com/tickets for more information and to purchase your ticket package.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Lung Cancer Awareness Night – September 22nd
Irish Heritage Night – September 25th
Stitch N’ Pitch – September 28th

DYNAMIC DEALS ALL SUMMER:

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games this summer. Fans can enjoy discounts on tickets to see the Tigers battle their AL Central Division rivals at home. Get more information at tigers.com/tickets

 

#Tigers take the #IceBucketChallenge

The #IceBucketChallenge has been sweeping the nation over the past few weeks to help raise awareness and money for ALS. The challenge involves dumping a bucket of water over your head, nominating friends and family and posting the video to social media. The challenge has taken over Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter streams, and it was no exception here in Detroit.

Earlier this week PAWS and other members of the #Tigers were nominated and completed the challenge to raise awareness for a good cause. Here are some of the videos…

 

 

 

Homestand Highlights (8/13 – 8/17)

The #Tigers return to Comerica Park on Wednesday to begin a five-game homestand in Detroit. The homestand begins with a two-game Interleague series against the Pittsburgh Pirates followed by a weekend series with the Seattle Mariners.

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8/13 – PIRATES v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship: The 2014 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship is a youth baseball and softball tournament held in Detroit for children ages 6 – 19. The annual tournament is funded through a grant provided by the Detroit Tigers Foundation as part of Play Baseball Detroit in an effort to grow youth baseball and softball in the greater Detroit region. The seven winning teams from the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Comerica Park. Joining the winning teams on the field will be nearly 2,000 players and coaches who played in the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship as they participate in a parade of teams around the field. The 2014 Willie Horton Foundation Good Sportsmanship Award will be presented to Taylor Central.
  • First Pitch: A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fans David Kaminsky and Powell Miller, as well as Takashi Miyaura, representing Young Basile.
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Singing Crusaders.

8/14 – PIRATES v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Justin Verlander Mini-Bobblehead, sponsored by Frito Lay.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Lori Adams.

8/15 – MARINERS v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Max Scherzer’s Showdown in Motown: Ever wonder what it would be like to play fantasy football with Max Scherzer? Fans who registered for his ‘Showdown in Motown’ fantasy football fundraiser are about to find out. Funds raised through the fantasy football league benefits the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, Detroit PAL and the Detroit Zoological Society.
  • Country Night: Don’t forget to bring your cowboy boots and hat and saddle up for a country-filled night at Comerica Park. There will be live entertainment throughout the concourse featuring Allen as Tim, Deborah Stage Door Dancers, Annabelle Road and Alan Turner and the Steele Horse Band prior to the 7:08 p.m. start. Along with the performers, there will a mechanical bull in the Big Cat Court, a giant sized bull to greet fans outside of Gate A and Hooked on Dancin’ on the Pepsi Porch.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Miguel Cabrera Two-Time MVP Bobblehead, in partnership with Major League Baseball.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Major Jay Biesenthal of the United States Army from Lewiston, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Pontiac Waterford Big Chief Chorus and signed by Jeremy Wakeman.
  • Following the game there will be Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

8/16 – MARINERS  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • PLAY: The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity among Youth) Campaign is a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The program promotes healthy living by teaching children the importance of staying fit, being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent childhood obesity. The event also features a session with the Taylor Hooton Foundation on the harmful effects of steroids and performance enhancing substances. Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff host nearly 100 participants from the Play Baseball Detroit program during the clinic on the field at Comerica Park as part of the league-wide initiative. Then the children rotate through three stations and a fourth station includes Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer sharing his personal experiences with fitness and how he stays healthy year-round. Scherzer is also an Advisory Board Member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant George Flory of the United States Air Force from Lima, Ohio.
  • The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Janine Stange, who is making history by touring and performing the national anthem in all 50 states to commemorate the anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi and Meijer (weather permitting).

8/17 – MARINERS v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • Strike Out Bullying Rally: Prior to the game, the Tigers in partnership with the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, The Detroit Newspapers In Education, AMP Radio and Defeat the Label will host a Strike Out Bullying event. Fans of all ages will be invited to sign the Detroit Tigers pledge to stop bullying. In 2013, The Detroit Tigers were awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence for the Club’s anti-bullying program. The award was created to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB clubs.
  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a Strike out Bullying Wrist Band, courtesy of Michigan State Police Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a Fisher Price mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Pink Out The Park – September 12th
Jewish Heritage Night – September 14th
Irish Heritage Night – September 25th

DYNAMIC DEALS ALL SUMMER:

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games this summer. Fans can enjoy discounts on tickets to see the Tigers battle their AL Central Division rivals at home. Get more information at tigers.com/tickets

 

#TigersWives: Giving Back to the Community

By Kristina Avila

This year when the #TigersWives set out to make a bigger difference with our volunteer efforts we sure meant it! Although in the past years we have done many things around our community, we just thought that this year we could do more. Now that the season is more than half way over, we are looking back on what we have done so far and we are proud to say that we have been meeting our goal in giving back to the wonderful city of Detroit.

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Last month we held our first Mystery Grab Bag Sale. It was the first time that we organized a fundraiser together entirely by ourselves. We collected all the balls and pictures as well as made sure all the players signed them and then packaged them to be sold. We raised more than $16,000 that went directly to the Tigers Wives Fund and the Detroit Tigers Foundation. It was great to see all the smiling faces when fans would get autographs from their favorite Tigers players old and new. And it was so rewarding to see fans just donate because they knew that the money would be going to a great cause.

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The first event that we hosted from the funds raised so far was held last week at The Children’s Center in Detroit. The Children’s Center is an amazing organization that helps children and families coming from a difficult home environment. It is a place where children can feel safe and have fun no matter what challenges they face in their home life. We held a Game Night for the children and families of the center and provided a fun night where they enjoyed playing games and then continued the excitement by attending the Tigers game later that evening.

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The event at The Children’s Center was so impactful and we are excited to continue our relationship with them. Stay tuned to see what we have in store the rest of the season.

10 Things You May Have Missed at Comerica Park

The #Tigers finished up a six-game homestand with a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Here are 10 things you may have missed happening at Comerica Park this week…

1. Christmas in July

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The #Tigers celebrated Christmas in July on Tuesday. While the team was gearing up to take on the Chicago White Sox, fans were greeted with stockings, decorations and Santa!

2. Jack White’s First Pitch

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As part of the Christmas in July festivities, Detroit-native Jack White threw out the first pitch to Santa.

3. A Pair of V-Mart 3-run home runs


Victor Martinez hit three-run home runs in back-to-back games this weekend. It’s the fourth time this season he has hit a home run in consecutive games, and the first since doing so on June 20th and 21st against Cleveland.

4. Kids Club Meet and Greet

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Some lucky Kids Club members got the chance to meet and take photos with Ian Kinsler before Thursday’s game against the White Sox.

5. Lauryn Williams First Pitch

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Lauryn Williams threw out the first pitch on Wednesday. Williams was the first American woman to win Olympic  medals in both the Summer (track) and Winter (bobsled) Olympic games.

6. Hunter and Braden


Hunter and Braden threw out a very special first pitch on Sunday’s game against the Rockies. 14-year old Hunter carried 7-year old Braden on his back for 40 miles earlier this summer to raise awareness for cerebral palsy, a disorder Braden was born with.

7. Pudge Rodriguez First Pitch


Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was in Detroit over the weekend to help celebrate Fiesta Tigres! As part of the ceremony, he threw out the “first pitch” on Saturday.

8. Fiesta Tigres

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The 9th Annual Fiesta Tigres kicked off on Friday afternoon with a luncheon at Comerica Park that featured a Q&A session with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Friday’s festivities also included the annual “Dia en el Parque” event that invited children from the Clark Park Coalition to the ballpark. These kids had the chance to take a tour of the ballpark and meet J.D. Maratinez. Saturday’s celebration included a special Tigres jersey and a ceremony honoring Pudge Rodriguez.

9. Robot First Pitch

The Tigers have seen Robocop, Jack White and even a Samurai throw out the first pitch this year, so why not add an actual robot to the list? This robot was designed by Michigan high school students and is able to shoot a ball at over 100 miles per hour, but the students took it easy on PAWS Wednesday evening.

10. Tigers score in every inning

The Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912 in their 11-5 win over the Rockies on Saturday night.

Twitter Takeover: Pudge Rodriguez

The #Tigers are honoring the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players this weekend with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez during the 9th Annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! As part of the celebration, @Pudge_Rodriguez stopped by to take over the @tigers Twitter account and answer some fan questions.

 

Homestand Highlights (7/29 – 8/3)

After seven games on the west coast, the #Tigers return to Comerica Park next week for a six-game homestand against the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

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7/29 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Christmas in July: Why wait until December to celebrate the holiday season? Santa Claus will pose for pictures with fans and participate in the “Prance Around the Park” pre-game on-field parade featuring 400 Salvation Army Day Campers, the Detroit Tigers Kids Club Grand Marshall and a dance performance by the elves from Deborah’s Stage Door Dancers. Musical entertainment for the special occasion includes Christmas music through
    out the ballpark. Salvation Army Red Kettles will be located at all entrances to the ballpark so fans can help celebrate the season of giving.
  • Detroit native and nine time GRAMMY winner Jack White will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Gloves for Kids Autograph Signing: Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday will be appearing at the ABC Warehouse in Southgate from 12:00-1:00 p.m. as part of the Gloves for Kids program. During each visit, a Tigers player signs a collectible poster for the fans in attendance. In addition, free Little Caesars pizza and soft drinks will be served. The ABC Warehouse appearances are to promote the Gloves for Kids “Weekend of Giving” September 5-7, 2014 at Comerica Park when CBS Radio stations and the Tigers will be collecting equipment outside the main gate. Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Dale Gage of the United States Army from Flint, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Lisa Page Brooks.

7/30 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Justin Verlander and Detroit Tigers Host Johnny Agar: During the 2014 Tigers Winter Caravan, many Tigers players met an inspirational young man, Johnny Agar of Rockford, Michigan, who was born with cerebral palsy. Son of former Tigers prospect Jeff Agar, Johnny harbors a competitive spirit akin to his father. The father-son team has competed in many races, with Jeff pushing Johnny in a jogger. It was his competitive spirit that drove Johnny to work towards crossing the finish line of his own accord at a local 5K race in August, 2012. Johnny’s story was featured on ESPN’s “E60″ in 2013. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was so inspired by Johnny’s story that he has personally invited Johnny to be his guest at tonight’s game.
  • Gloves for Kids Autograph Signing: Tigers pitcher Ian Krol will be appearing at the ABC Warehouse in Farmington from 12:00-1:00 p.m. as part of the Gloves for Kids program.
  • Game Ball Delivery: The game ball will be delivered by Lieutenant Ryan Zaleski of the United States Navy from Traverse City, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by Renae Murphy.

7/31 – WHITE SOX v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • The national anthem will be performed by Lynnae Winnie.

8/1 – ROCKIES  v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Interview: As a kickoff to the 2014 ¡Fiesta Tigres! Activities, fans will have the opportunity to experience an up-close and personal one-on-one interview with Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. The interview will take place at 6 p.m. in the Big Cat Court. Rodriguez will be interviewed by MLB.com international reporter, Jesse Sanchez.
  • Following the game there will be Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will take place on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the Centro Multicultural La Familia.
  • The national anthem will be performed by The Lutheran Choral Aires.

8/2 – ROCKIES v. TIGERS – at 7:08 PM ET

  • ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration: The Tigers will host the ninth annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration, sponsored by Miller Lite, to recognize and honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball. Current Tigers players with Hispanic or Latino heritage will be honored as part of the ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration. In addition, the Tigers will host Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, a member of the 2006 Detroit Tigers World Series team, who will be honored in a special pregame ceremony and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. ¡Fiesta Tigres! Will feature live entertainment on the concourse from traditional Mexican Ballet Folklorico, Moyocoyani Izel and Raices Mexicanas de Detroit dance groups, Samba 1 Brazilian Dance Group from Chicago, live salsa and merengue band Orquesta Sensacional, Cuban Jazz by Tumbao Bravo, premiere guitar duo Los Primos, DJ Tony Toca spinning the latest reggeton, bachata and a variety of Spanish hits, Mariachi Gallos de Oro and Mariachi Juvenil. Returning to ¡Fiesta Tigres! In 2014, the Tigers will wear a special alternate uniform with the Spanish translation of “Tigers” on the chest.
  • The first 15,000 fans 21-and-older will receive an Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Collectible Figurine, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • The national anthem will be performed by Jessica Hernandez.

8/3 – ROCKIES v. TIGERS – at 1:08 PM ET

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a PAWS “Pop-Out” Figurine, courtesy of FOX-2.
  • First Pitch: A ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by brothers Hunter and Braden Gandee from Temperance, Michigan. Hunter, an 8th grader, raised national awareness for cerebral palsy, a movement disorder that Braden was born with by successfully walking 40 miles over two days with Braden, 7, strapped to his back, a highway walk Hunter dubbed the “Cerebral Palsy Swagger.”
  • All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a Fisher Price mini-Corvette and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina following the game, weather permitting.
  • The national anthem will be performed by 11-year-old Brooklyn Stack.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Bicycle to the Ballpark – August 17th
Pink Out The Park – September 12th
Jewish Heritage Night – September 14th
Irish Heritage Night – September 25th

DYNAMIC DEALS ALL SUMMER:

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games this summer. Fans can enjoy discounts on tickets to see the Tigers battle their AL Central Division rivals at home. Get more information at tigers.com/tickets

 

#TigersWives: All-Star Break with the Kelly Family

By Carrie Kelly

The All-Star Break is one of our favorite times as a family. We cherish the four days of relaxing and spending time together in the middle of the crazy baseball season.

Earlier in Donnie’s baseball career, we would go home to the suburbs of Pittsburgh for All-Star break. Three years ago, we decided to break from tradition and stay in Michigan. We ended up on Mackinac Island. That was the end of going home for the break! We finally understood what everyone was talking about when they raved about summers spent up north. We were hooked, too!

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We spent this break in the little town of Evzart, MI. Our dear friends let us use their cabin on one of the small lakes in town. The weather wasn’t the best, but we didn’t let the polar vortex ruin the fun.

We spent the three days fishing, boating, jet skiing, tubing, and swimming. Each of our boys caught their first fish on the trip. Our five year old, Brett, got really into the whole fishing thing. By the end of the trip he was baiting hooks and casting lines like a pro. Our two year old, Luke, was more into petting the fish that we caught. We’re not sure, but we think he might end up working with animals when he’s older!

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When it was too cold to be on the lake we took the kids to the park, read books (okay, I read a book), took naps, ate really, really well, and hung out by the bonfire. We even turned the TV on once to catch a few innings of the All-Star Game. We didn’t last til the end but we were very happy to wake up in the morning to an American League win!

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As far as All-Star Breaks go, this one did not disappoint. It’s always a little bittersweet coming back to Metro-Detroit after a few days up north, but the excitement of the second half of the season makes our return a lot easier! The time away helps us to reconnect as a family and allows Donnie a break before gearing up for the next three months. Where is your favorite place to go up north? Are there any hidden gems that we need to know about?

 

 

Homestand Recap

The #Tigers started the second half of the season with four games in three days at Comerica Park over the weekend. They finished the weekend 1-3 against the Cleveland Indians, but still hold a 5.5 game lead in the American League Central. Here are five things you may have missed at Comerica Park this weekend!

 

1. Motown Night

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The Tigers celebrated the music that put Detroit on the map with Motown Night. There was live music and a post-game fireworks show that featured the classics of Motown. Legendary Motown Group, The Four Tops performed the national anthem and Duke Fakir threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

2. Home run catch

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Torii Hunter hit his 13th home run of the year and extended the Tigers lead in the 4th inning on Sunday. These two friends couldn’t decide who should keep the ball as a souvenir.

3. PAWS For Applause

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In a partnership with the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, the Tigers honored Andrew from Livonia. PAWS For Applause celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community a better place.

4. Scout Day

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Over 2,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders participated in the 53rd Annual Scout Parade on Sunday.

 

5. Baseball in Spanish

Anibal Sanchez taught “basic” baseball lingo to Bryan Holaday to get ready for ¡Fiesta Tigres! in August.

The Tigers are on the west coast this week with games against the Diamondbacks and Angels, but return to Comerica Park on July 29th to host the White Sox and Rockies.

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