Detroit Tigers Week Ahead
The Tigers return home from a 10-game road trip as they host the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals during the final homestand of the regular season at Comerica Park. The 10-game homestand will feature a three-game series against the Athletics (September 18-20), a three-game weekend series against the Twins (September 21-23) and a four-game series against the Royals (September 24-27). Tuesday’s game against the Athletics begins at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday’s game begins at 7:09 p.m. and Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m. Friday’s contest against the Twins begins at 7:05 p.m., Saturday’s at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals begin at 7:05 p.m., while Thursday’s game begins at 1:05 p.m
Tuesday, September 18 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Scherzer vs. Griffin) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Game Ball Delivery: First Lieutenant Mark Ellis of the United States Marines Corp from St. Clair, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and has proudly served for four years
- 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. 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 tickets to local firefighters and police officers along with their families to attend the game. Selected firefighters and police officers will be recognized for their service to our local communities prior to the national anthem. Representatives from the following police and fire forces will represent their respective communities: Dearborn Heights Fire Department, Detroit Police and Fire Departments, Farmington Hills Police Department, Franklin Bingham Fire Department, Livonia Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Royal Oak Fire Department, Saginaw Police Department, Trenton Police Department, Waterford Police Department, Riverview Fire Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. The colors will be presented by the Farmington Hills Fire Department.
- MLB Roberto Clemente Day: Major League Baseball continues to heighten the awareness and significance of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, by celebrating Roberto Clemente Day. The Award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. After each MLB Club has nominated a player, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects a national winner from the 30 Club nominees. An announcement of the national Roberto Clemente Award winner is made during the World Series. The 2012 Detroit Tigers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award is Miguel Cabrera. As an All-Star third baseman and a leader in the clubhouse, Miguel Cabrera recognizes his significant role on the team, in the league and in his community. He continues to be a star on the field while focusing much of his charitable contributions to benefit children in the areas of recreation and health and embracing the Hispanic community in greater Detroit. He will be recognized during a pregame ceremony as he receives the 2012 Detroit Tigers Roberto Clemente Award from Bob Krapes, Manager of Chevrolet Business Planning.
Wednesday, September 19 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Verlander vs. Anderson) @ 7:09 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Game Ball Delivery: E-4 Senior Airman Kevin Tusly II of the United States Air Force from Madison Heights, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and Kuwait. He has proudly served for five and half years.
- Cabrera’s Chamitos: Tigers All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera will invite 20 fans to Comerica Park for the final two Wednesday regular season home games as part of his recently launched Cabrera’s Chamitos program. The group will attend batting practice on the field and receive complimentary T-shirts as guests of Cabrera. The tickets are donated to children from deserving charitable groups in the greater Detroit area. On September 19, the Detroit Bees and the Detroit Dreams youth baseball teams from southwest Detroit will participate in the program. On September 26, the Miracle League of Michigan will participate in the program.
- Ilitch Charities One Team, One Community Gala and Celebrity Golf Classic Check Presentation: During the pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park, Christopher Ilitch, Chairman of Ilitch Charities and President and CEO, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and Mike Healy, President of Ilitch Charities and Tigers Vice President of Park Operations, will present checks to the beneficiaries of the Annual Ilitch Charities Golf Outing and the One Team, One Community Gala, providing three grants totaling $120,000 to support organizations that make an impact in the community. Benefiting charities include Alternatives for Girls, College for Creative Studies and Reading Works. The representatives from Ilitch Charities will be joined on the field by the benefiting charities during the check presentation.
- “My Favorite Things” Broadcast Auction: Throughout Wednesday’s game, FOX Sports Detroit will be broadcasting the Detroit Tigers and FOX Sports Detroit “My Favorite Things” basket auction to benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities. The auction features baskets hand-packed by Tigers Wives filled with their husband’s favorite things. Basket items include restaurant gift cards, DVD’s, snacks, tickets to Tigers games, autographed Tigers memorabilia and much 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. A full description of each package can be found at tigers.com/wives.
Thursday, September 20 – Oakland Athletics (Probables: Sanchez vs. Milone) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
- Game Ball Delivery: Petty Officer Second Class Joshua Halbrooks of the United States Navy from Riverview, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from a tour of duty on the USS Patriot in Sasebo, Japan and has proudly served for five years.
- 2012 Summer Olympics Women’s Gymnastics Head Coach, John Geddert, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He also serves as head coach for Twistar’s Gymnastics in Lansing, Michigan.
Friday, September 21 – Minnesota Twins – Fan Appreciation Weekend @ 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).
- Fan Appreciation Weekend: The Tigers will randomly select lucky winners in attendance throughout the weekend to win great prizes, including Tigers gear and authentic merchandise as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank. The annual “Shirt Off Our Back” giveaway will return on Sunday, September 23rd. Fans will be selected and will win, during a postgame on-field ceremony, the actual game worn jerseys of all the Detroit Tigers players and coaches. All prizes will be selected randomly using a computer generated system to ensure equal opportunity for ALL fans.
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Tigers Luggage ID Tag, courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
- 2012 Summer Olympics Women’s Water Polo Goalie and Gold Medalist, Betsey Armstrong, will throw out a ceremonial fist pitch. She is an Ann Arbor native and University of Michigan graduate.
- Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Justin Mendoza of the United States Air Force from Monroe, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first tour of duty to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Among his multiple medals, he has been awarded the Joint Service Commendation and Air Force Achievement Medals. He has proudly served for five years.
- Detroit Tigers 50/50 Charity Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle will conclude this weekend at Comerica Park. The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with the American Diabetes Association, whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, 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 $114,077.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize this season being $8,377.50.
Saturday, September 22 – Minnesota Twins @ 4:05 p.m. (Gates open at 2:30 p.m.)
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2013 Tigers Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Medical Weight Loss.
- Tigers great Willie Horton will sign copies of the new book Willie Horton: The People’s Champion by Kevin Allen on the Comerica Park concourse near Gate A from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
- Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Andrew Kraszewski of the United States Army from Lapeer, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Iraq with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He has received the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal and has proudly served for two years.
- Gloves For Kids Equipment Collection: Gloves for Kids is a program designed to provide Detroit’s youth the sporting equipment necessary to participate in organized baseball and softball. CBS Radio, FOX Sports Detroit and the Tigers will be collecting new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at Comerica Park at Gate A on September 22. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will also provide a $5,000 grant to purchase new baseball and softball equipment to a local youth baseball organization as part of the Gloves for Kids program. When a fan donates equipment, a child in Michigan is given the opportunity to play the game of baseball. Fans who donate will receive a Justin Verlander poster (while supplies last).
Sunday, September 23 – Kids Day – Minnesota Twins @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
- All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
- Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Thomas Peeler of the United States Army National Guard from Grand Blanc, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan. He has received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and the Reserve Components Achievement Medal. He has proudly served the National Guard for four years.
- 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, September 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Retiring WXYZ Channel 7 news anchor, Diana Lewis, who has been in Detroit since 1977, will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, September 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Gloves For Kids Check Presentation: As part of the Play Baseball Detroit initiative, the Detroit Tigers, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, ABC Warehouse, 97.1 The Ticket, WWJ News Radio 950 and FOX Sports Detroit teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment throughout the 2012 season. The 2012 Gloves for Kids program yielded nearly 1,134 pieces of equipment including 110 gloves. Christian Youth Fellowship Association of Saginaw will receive a financial contribution of $2,000 as collected throughout the season. In addition to the equipment donation and the financial contribution from the Detroit Tigers, the youth baseball organizations will receive a grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to purchase new equipment. The ceremony will include Meghan Chisholm from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, representatives from FOX Sports Detroit, ABC Warehouse, 97.1 The Ticket, WWJ as well as coaches and players from the Christian Youth Fellowship Association of Saginaw.
Wednesday, September 26 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Christopher Gifford of the United States Army National Guard from Detroit, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from Afghanistan after serving his fourth deployment including tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NATO Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He has proudly served the National Guard for 10 years.
Thursday, September 27 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
- The first 10,000 fans 18-and-over to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2012 Detroit Tigers Team Photo, courtesy of Michigan Lottery.
- Game Ball Delivery: Staff Sergeant Larry “Duke” Harrison of the United States Army National Guard from Wayland, Michigan will deliver the game ball. In 15 years of service, he has served overseas in four deployments including tours in Bosnia, Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan. He is currently serving with the Charlie Troop, a Michigan-based unit. Of the many awards Staff Sergeant Harrison has received he is most proud of the coveted Combat Infantryman Badge he received this year, which is only awarded to those in the infantry who have fought in combat.
- Strike Out Duchenne Check Presentation: Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is helping Team Joseph raise money to fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rick has grown close with Marissa and Jeff Penrod, the founders of Team Joseph and their son, Joseph, who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was 5 years old. Duchenne is a degenerative muscle disease that mostly strikes boys ages 2 – 5 years old. While other boys are growing stronger and gaining independence, boys with Duchenne are losing muscle function and mobility. At this time there is no treatment and no cure that stops the progression of this disease. In fact, it is rare for an individual diagnosed with Duchenne to live past age 25. In addition to attending their annual wine tasting event, and serving as the event’s honorary chair, Rick has hosted the Penrod family during the Tigers Winter Caravan and raises money for Team Joseph through his Autographs for a Cause program. In 2012, Team Joseph and Rick launched “Strike Out Duchenne” an online donation program for which Rick matched incoming donations. High donors will have the opportunity to join Rick in a check presentation to Team Joseph at Comerica Park on Thursday.
- Pennies For PAWS Check Presentation: The Tigers have partnered with the Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund to continue Pennies for Paws, a coin collection campaign at Comerica Park which raises funds to save endangered wild tigers and to promote tiger conservation. Since the inception of the program in April 2008, Tigers fans have helped raise nearly nearly $40,000 to support the conservation efforts of the endangered species. The campaign continued in 2012 and fans are encouraged to donate coins at the tiger bank located on the concourse near Gate A at Comerica Park. The pregame ceremony features a check presentation for the funds collected at Comerica Park in 2011 and 2012. Representatives from Wildlife Without Borders Tiger Fund will participate in the check presentation along with wildlife conservation supporter Karie Ross, wife of Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski and Elaine Lewis, Tigers Vice President of Community and Public Affairs.