August 2012

Miguel Cabrera Hosts Keeping Kids in the Game

On August 20, Miguel Cabrera joined the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to host the 4th Annual Keeping Kids in the Game presented by Lear Corporation, a benefit event for children’s health and youth baseball held at Comerica Park. The event included a special meet & greet with Tigers players for children from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a live and silent auction and private fireworks show.

 

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Detroit Tigers Week Ahead

The Tigers return home from a six-game road trip as they host the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park. The Orioles (August 17-19) and Blue Jays (August 21-23) make their only trips to Detroit this season, each with a three-game series. The Angels make their second and final trip of the regular season to Comerica Park with a three-game series (August 24-26). Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Orioles begin at 7:05 p.m., while Sunday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s contests against the Blue Jays begin at 7:05 p.m. while Thursday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s and Saturday’s games against the Angels begin at 7:05 p.m., while Sunday’s begins at 1:08 p.m.

Friday, August 17 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Verlander vs. Hunter) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Boxing trainer, commentator and inductee of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Emanuel Steward, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch to help promote the return of Kronk Boxing to the Joe Louis Arena on August 25th.  
  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist David Mix of the United States Army from Hazel Park, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first tour in Afghanistan as a member of the Security Forces Assistance where he earned an Army Achievement Medal and a NATO Medal. He has proudly served the Army for two years.  
  • Delta Dental “Smile Day”: Delta Dental will be sponsoring “Smile Day” at Comerica Park for the second year. Prior to the game, Delta Dental will present a $250,000 check to the Michigan Department of Community Health. As part of “Smile Day,” the first 1,000 kids 14-and-under will receive a Delta Dental Backpack, courtesy of Delta Dental. Delta Dental employees will perform the national anthem. Additionally, their mascot, Marshall Molar, will make an appearance and take pictures with kids.
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with Friends of Camp Mak-a-Dream, Michigan Chapter, who support the mission and goals of Camp Mak-a-Dream in Montana by providing strategic, financial and marketing support for specifically chosen projects that will further the growth and advancement of Camp Mak-a-Dream, for Friday and Saturday’s 50/50 Charity raffle. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers in orange aprons will be stationed throughout the concourse on the 100 level, at entry gates and at the 50/50 raffle table near gate A to purchase raffle tickets. 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets are sold 3-for-$5. Each night a winner will be selected and announced after the sixth inning and will receive half of the funds collected through that game’s raffle ticket sales. The remaining funds are shared between the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the select partner charity. To date, the Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle has raised $75,450 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.

Saturday, August 18 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Porcello vs. TBA) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Chris Johnson of the United States Army from South Lyon, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan where he earned a Combat Medical Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal and was named Hero of the Week.  He has proudly served the United States Army for over two years.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • PLAY Campaign: The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity among Youth) Campaign is a program of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and the Taylor Hooton Foundation that will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 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 Donald Hooton, Jr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation on the harmful effects of steroids and performance enhancing substances. Tigers Head Athletic Trainer Kevin Rand and his staff will host nearly 70 youth from youth baseball organizations from Detroit during the clinic on the field at Comerica Park as part of the league-wide initiative. During the event, the children will rotate through several stations, each featuring an instructional lesson on healthy living which include agility drills, stretching techniques and a session about the dangers of using steroids and performance enhancing substances. A fifth station will include Tigers pitcher Doug Fister sharing his personal experiences with fitness and how he stays healthy year-round. Also involved in the program are Tigers Team Orthopedic Physician, Dr. Stephen Lemos, Assistant Trainers, Steve Carter and Doug Teter, and Tigers Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Javair Gillett.
  • UMPS Care: Through the UMPS Care Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park.  Additionally, all guests will be given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS Care Charities.
  • Elvis® Night: Elvis Night will be rocking and rolling Comerica Park for the fourth consecutive year. Elvis Tribute Artists are scheduled to meet, mingle and perform for Tigers fans beginning at 5:30 p.m. Other festivities for the night include Elvis music played at Comerica Park all night, Elvis-inspired giveaways, an Elvis-themed fireworks show and PAWS and DTE Energy Squad dressed in 1950’s style Elvis-inspired outfits!

Sunday, August 19 – Kids Day – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Fister vs. Chen) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Quintin Berry Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • Grammy-Award winning and Detroit native gospel vocal group, The Clark Sisters, will perform the national anthem.
  • Game Ball Delivery: August 19:  Sergeant Chris Taisor of the United States Army from Auburn, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment in Kuwait. He has also served a tour of duty in Cuba in 10 years of service to the United States Army.  
  • 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 bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game.

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Tuesday, August 21 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • First 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Bobblehead, courtesy of Belle Tire.
  • Be a Tiger for Kids: Cornerstone Schools will host the Seventh Annual “Be a Tiger for Kids” event at Comerica Park. It is Cornerstone’s premier fundraising event with over 3,000 supporters scheduled to participate. Representatives from Cornerstone Schools will participate in an on-field pregame ceremony, will throw out the ceremonial first pitches, perform the national anthem, and will take part in Kids Take the Field, Kids Run the Bases, and other fun-filled activities and family entertainment. Cornerstone Schools and Cornerstone Charter Schools serve more than 1,500 children in grades pre-kindergarten through 10th grade in an urban setting. Cornerstone Schools has delivered an excellent education to children in need for over 20 years. In a city with the lowest high school graduation rate in the country, Cornerstone students achieve a 95% high school graduation rate and 91% continue with higher learning. 100% of the proceeds from this event will support the Cornerstone Schools Association Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, August 22 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • First 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2012 Detroit Tigers All-Star Poster, courtesy of Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
  • Robot, a robot built by high school students, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Justin Hass of the United States Marine Corps from Woodhaven, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment and served in Iraq, Japan, Guam and Thailand.  He has proudly served the United States Marines for eight years.

Thursday, August 23 – Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

Friday, August 24 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Corporal Joshua Archer of the United States Army from Monroe, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received the Combat Medic Badge and has proudly served the United States Army for nearly four years.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The partner for the Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle for Friday and Saturday will be the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research.

Saturday, August 25 – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive a Tigers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wristband, courtesy of Nickelodeon. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will make a special appearance at Comerica Park and will be greeting fans on the concourse.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Robert Matthew Stone of the United States Army from Wayland, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Iraq, South Korea and most recently Afghanistan. He has proudly served the United States Army for nearly five years.
  • Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of the updated edition of the book Willie Horton: The People’s Champion by Kevin Allen on the Comerica Park concourse from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon, will take place following the game (weather permitting).

UMPS Care: Through the UMPS Care Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park.  Additionally, all guests will be given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Big Brothers Big Sisters. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS Care Charities.

Sunday, August 26 – Kids Day – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Back to School Insulated Lunch Bag, courtesy  of SVS Vision.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Ricky Ellis of the United States Army from Burton, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded numerous medals and ribbons and has been recommended for a Bronze Star. He has proudly served the United States Army for nearly seven years.

Tigers Vice President / Assistant General Manager Inducted into Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame

Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Luis Castillo, Edgar Renteria. Those are just a few of the many great players that Tigers Vice President / Assistant General Manager, Al Avila has helped to scout and sign in his 21 seasons in professional baseball.

And on Saturday, August 11, his eye for talent was honored as the St. Paul Saints inducted him into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.

The bronze plaque honoring his contributions and accomplishments as a scout will be displayed at the four minor league clubs owned by the Goldklang Group.

“I am very thankful and I appreciate being selected to the 2012 Class of The Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame,” said Avila to the St. Paul Saints. “Being selected is humbling for me joining this special baseball group.”

Avila joined the Tigers organization in his current role in April 2002. He is responsible for assisting General Manager David Dombrowski with the day-to-day baseball operations of the organization and major league club.

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Fiesta Tigres Weekend at Comerica Park

On August 3-4 the Detroit Tigers celebrated Fiesta Tigres to honor and recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino players to the game of baseball.  The weekend included a FUNdamentals clinic for over 100 children at Clark Park in Detroit, a luncheon honoring former Tiger, Carlos Guillen and an in-park celebration prior to Saturday night’s game.

On Friday morning, Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago along with bullpen coach, Mike Rojas and infield coach Rafael Belliard hosted a baseball skills clinic for nearly one hundred children at Clark Park in Detroit. The children learned the FUNdamentals of baseball and took pictures with the Tigers infielder and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS.

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Immediately following the clinic, Carlos Guillen was honored at a special luncheon at the Tiger Club. The event featured a Q&A with Carlos, festive music and a video montage highlighting all of Carlos’ accomplishments with the Tigers.

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On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers celebrated Fiesta Tigres throughout Comerica Park. Music filled the concourse as five different performing groups danced, sang and played their instruments for the crowds at Comerica Park. It all concluded with a special on-field ceremony where the Tigers honored their current Hispanic and Latino players with a video montage, and Carlos Guillen was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.

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Homestand Highlights August 3-9

The Tigers return home from a nine-game road trip as they host the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees during a seven-game homestand at Comerica Park. The Indians (August 3-5) make their second visit to Detroit this season with a three-game weekend series. The New York Yankees make their second and final trip of the regular season to Comerica Park with a four-game series (August 6-9). Friday and Saturday’s games against the Indians begin at 7:05 p.m., while Sunday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m. Monday’s contest against the Yankees begins at 7:09 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday’s games will begin at 7:05 p.m., while Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m.  

Friday, August 3 – Cleveland Indians (Probables: Sanchez vs. Masterson) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Lance Corporal Justin Butler of the Unites States Marines Corp from South Lyon, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment after serving in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Afghan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the NATO Medal.  He has proudly served the Marines for two years.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle returns to Comerica Park this season at every Friday and Saturday home game. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with the St. Hedwig Park Coalition, a group of individuals committed to the renovation and sustainability of the St. Hedwig Park and Baseball Fields, for Friday and Saturday’s 50/50 Charity raffle. Tickets will be sold from the time gates open through the end of the second inning. 50/50 Charity Raffle volunteers in orange aprons will be stationed throughout the concourse on the 100 level, at entry gates and at the 50/50 raffle table near gate A to purchase raffle tickets. 50/50 Charity Raffle tickets are sold 3-for-$5. Each night a winner will be selected and announced after the sixth inning and will receive half of the funds collected through that game’s raffle ticket sales. The remaining funds are shared between the Detroit Tigers Foundation and the select partner charity. To date, the Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle has raised $65,972.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.

Saturday, August 4 – Cleveland Indians (Probables: Fister vs. Jimenez) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Image

  • Game Ball Delivery: Specialist William Drivinski of the United States Army National Guard from Allen Park will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from Iraq after a one-year deployment and has proudly served the Army for two years.  
  • The first 10,000 fans 21-and-over will receive a ¡Fiesta Tigres! Mug, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon and themed to Latino music, will take place following the game (weather permitting).
  • ¡Fiesta Tigres! Celebration: The Tigers will host the seventh 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 to current Tigers players, the Tigers will host former Tigers player and three-time All-Star, Carlos Guillen, who will be honored in a special pregame ceremony and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. McDonald’s is teaming up with the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame to celebrate the contributions of Latino players to baseball. As part of the 2012 program, Carlos Guillen will be inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame. Guillen will also be the featured guest at the Fiesta Tigres Luncheon on Friday, hosted by MillerCoors. McDonald’s will host an interactive station at Columbia Plaza for all fans to enjoy baseball-related games, McDonald’s samplings, a live DJ and much more. Fiesta Tigres will feature folkloric dance group Moyocoyani Izel and musical acts Mariachi Cora, Orchestra Sensacional, Tumbao Bravo, Los Primos along with DJ Rob-Play NYC and DJ Cisco spinning the latest Latino jams. The live music will compliment the décor of flags from Spanish-speaking countries adorning the park along with photos of past and present Hispanic and Latino Tigers players. Don’t miss out on this special celebration! No se pierdan esta celebración especial!
  • UMPS Care: Through the UMPS Care Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball-themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park. Additionally all guests are given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS Care Charities.

Sunday, August 5 – Kids Day – Cleveland Indians (Probables: Scherzer vs. TBA) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • All kids 14-and-younger will receive a pair of “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Replica Jose Valverde Glasses, courtesy of DMC.
  • Musical group TRUE, featuring Darbi Dombrowski, daughter of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski, will perform the national anthem.
  • 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 bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game.

Monday, August 6 – New York Yankees @ 7:09 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Tamika Nelson of the United States Army from Detroit, Michigan will deliver the game ball. She recently returned from deployment in Iraq. She has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Medal with OLC and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Morales Club. She has proudly served the United States Army for 20 years.
  • Michigan native and “The Voice” finalist Tony Lucca will perform the national anthem.

Tuesday, August 7 – New York Yankees @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Corporal Kevin Jerome of the United States Marines from Warren, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.  While in Afghanistan, his brave actions earned him a nomination for a Purple Heart.  
  • Ruby Amanfu, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter now touring with Jack White, will perform the national anthem.

Wednesday, August 8 – New York Yankees @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Airman Skye Kelley of the United States Navy from Charlotte, MI will deliver the game ball. She recently returned from a tour of duty in Japan aboard the USS Essex and USS Bonhomme Richard and is air warfare and surface warfare qualified.  
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Tailgate Plate, courtesy of BallPark  and Kroger.
  • Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship Ceremony: A part of Play Baseball Detroit, the 2012 Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship is a youth baseball and softball tournament that will be held in Detroit for children ages 8-19. The tournament is designed to showcase the best talent in the city while raising the level of competition. The tournament will be hosted August 2-5 in Detroit at three locations. 2012 marks the 16th year of this popular tournament hosted in partnership by the Youth Development Commission, the city of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The seven winning teams from the Hometown Championship will be honored during an on-field pregame ceremony at Comerica Park. Joining the winning teams on the field will be nearly 1,000 players and coaches who played in the Hometown Championship as they participate in a parade of teams around the field.

Thursday, August 9 – New York Yankees @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Game Ball Delivery: Lieutenant Commander Steven Bailey of the United States Navy from Midland, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his fourth deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and has proudly served the United States Navy for 24 years.
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