Everything You Need to Know when the Tigers Take on the Orioles
Here’s everything you need to know when the Tigers take on the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park this week.
Monday, June 17 – Baltimore Orioles (Probables: Scherzer vs. Hammel) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Mario Impemba’s Military Veteran Program (MVP): Beyond “Operation Opening Day”, Fox Sports Detroit broadcaster Mario Impemba continues to thank the men and women of the United States Armed Force with the launch of a new program, MVP (Military Veterans Program) — Mario Impemba’s salute to those who served. Through the program, Mario hosts Veterans who fought in earlier conflicts (World War II – Persian Gulf) to attend Monday home games at Comerica Park. The group of 20 Veterans and guests receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, a “MVP” t-shirt, a voucher for ballpark dinner (hot dog, chips and soda) and an autographed photo of Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba. The Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style by way of the Fox Sports Detroit Fan Express.
- Prostate Cancer Awareness Game: Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers partner with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the 2013 Home Run Challenge. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to aid in research to fight against prostate cancer. The partnership is celebrated league-wide on Father’s Day, June 16 with MLB players and umpires wearing light blue wristbands and blue ribbon decals during the game to raise awareness of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. On Monday, June 17, The Tigers host a special group of guests during a pregame ceremony on the field at Comerica Park to raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Special guests include Dr. Evan Keller, Dr. Ajjai Alva, Dr. Todd Morgan, Dr. Felix Feng, Dr. John Jiang, Dr. Jinlu Dai, Dr. Joe Sottnik, Dr. Mary Osisami and Dr. Ram Mani. All are physicians from the University of Michigan and are grant recipients of the Prostate Cancer Foundation conducting research at the University of Michigan to find a cure for prostate cancer. As part of this recognition, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Prostate Cancer Foundation blue ribbon temporary tattoo, upon entry of the ballpark.
- Game Ball Delivery: Senior Airman Erica Kohout of the United States Air Force from Traverse City will deliver the game ball. Senior Airman Kohout recently returned from her first tour of duty in Afghanistan where she served as a surgical technician. She has earned an Afghanistan Campaign medal and a NATO medal. Senior Airman Kohout has proudly served her country for three years.
- Summer Fan Pack: Take advantage of the Detroit Tigers Summer Fun Pack! This package is available exclusively on tigers.com for only $35 per person! Each $35 package includes: an Upper Box Infield ticket, Adult Value Meal (Hot Dog, Pepsi and Lay’s potato chips), Detroit Tigers Olde English D t-shirt , coupon valid for a complimentary ride on the Comerica Carousel or Fly Ball Ferris Wheel. Available for June 17th and 18th games.
Tuesday, June 18 – Baltimore Orioles @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
- Head coach of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, John Beilein, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- Scherzer’s Superstars: Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer invites 16 fans to Comerica Park for each remaining Tuesday home game. As guests of Scherzer, the group watches batting practice on the field, receives complimentary Scherzer’s Superstars t-shirts and has the opportunity to meet Scherzer. The participants in the program are matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Detroit.
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a MLB Network / Detroit Tigers drawstring backpack, courtesy of MLB Network.
- Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Michael Moore of the United States Army, from Detroit, will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Moore recently returned from Afghanistan after his second deployment to the Middle East. He has earned numerous medals including two Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals and the IN-4 award recognizing the Best Soldier in Basic Training. Sergeant Moore has proudly served his country for seven years.
Wednesday, June 19 – Baltimore Orioles @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
- Cabrera’s Chamitos: Tigers All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera invites 20 fans to Comerica Park for each remaining Wednesday home game as part of his Cabrera’s Chamitos program. The group will watch batting practice from the field, receive complimentary Cabrera’s Chamitos t-shirts and will have the opportunity to meet Cabrera. The group is also treated to complimentary transportation to Comerica Park by the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express. The program participants are from deserving charitable groups in the greater Detroit area. On June 19, children from SER Metro Detroit’s Youth Program Mission will participate in the program. SER Metro Detroit, Jobs for Progress, Inc. is a multi-service, Michigan corporation committed to the development and utilization of the nation’s workforce. SER promotes upward mobility and economic self-sufficiency for Metropolitan Detroit residents through a comprehensive service delivery system in the areas of literacy, education, employment, community development and economic opportunity. The Youth Program Mission, which targets teenagers 14 to18, focuses on academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring activities, leadership training and career guidance and counseling.
- People Tribute to Heroes: Major League Baseball and People magazine announced three finalists to represent the Tigers in the Tribute for Heroes campaign, a national initiative around the All-Star Game to recognize veteran and military service members for their work. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was on a guest panel of players and retired service members who helped select the finalists. Prior to the game, the three Detroit Tigers finalists will be recognized during a special on-field ceremony. Fans can learn more about their stories, read other heroes’ stories, and vote on their choices at tributeforheroes.com. Voting runs through June 30. The Tribute For Heroes campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans, which is an initiative of Major League Baseball, and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which provides grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury treatment to veterans and their families.
- Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Aaron E. Duggins of the United States Air Force, from Flint, will deliver the game ball. Master Sergeant Duggins serves as a firefighter and an Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent. He recently returned from Guam and has also served deployments in Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Southwest Asia. During his service, he has been named the Noncomissioned Officer of the Year three times. Master Sergeant Duggins has proudly served for his country for 13 years.