The Tigers Salute the Armed Forces with Game Ball Delivery Program

During select home games, the Tigers welcome a member of the United States Armed Forces to deliver a game ball to the pitcher’s mound . The service member is announced to the crowd and shown on the Comerica Park scoreboard as he or she walks the official game ball to the pitcher’s mound.

On April 6 and April 9, the Tigers welcomed Master at Arms First Class Steven Rollins and Petty Officer Second Class Justin Thompson both of the United States Navy to deliver the game ball.

Master at Arms First Class Rollins recently returns from his third combat deployment including tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Caribbean in support of anti-piracy operations. He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghan Medal, Iraq Medal, Kosovo Liberation Medal and two Navy Achievement Medals. Master at Arms First Class Rollins has proudly served the Navy for 18 years.

Petty Officer Second Class Thompson recently returned from Guantanamo Bay after his fourth deployment. He has earned the Humanitarian Aid Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and multiple Overseas Service Ribbons and Sea Service Deployment Ribbons. Petty Officer Second Class Thompson has proudly served the Navy for 9 years.

The Tigers salute you, and thank you for your service and dedication to our country.

4 Comments

My husband’s active duty, how can I submit him for this program?

Please contact the Detroit Tigers Community Affairs department at (313) 471-2135.

My husband’s active duty Air Force, is there some way I can submit him as a possible candidate?

I have a Nephew who did 2 times in the war.His name is Tony Hubert ,from Owosso Mi 48867.He is a Big Fan of the Tigers all Det teams.It would be dream for him to do this.I think you guys should let him do this.He was in the Bad part of the War.My number is 1-989-721-5362.I will be waiting for your Call. Thank you.

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