#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.

Homestand Highlights (7/18 – 7/19)

The #Tigers capped off the first half of the season by winning nine of their last 12 games before the All-Star Break. Four Tigers were named to the roster for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Minneapolis this year. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Max Scherzer and Ian Kinsler made the trip for the Tigers. The second half of the season kicks off with four games in three days at Comerica Park this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.

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7/18 – INDIANS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET

 

  • Motown Night: The Tigers will celebrate the music that put Detroit on the map with Motown Night. Enjoy live music from renowned Detroit-based R&B group Serieux, The Reflections and Motor City Soul as the Tigers pay tribute to the timeless Motown sound. All in-game music, and the post-game fireworks show will feature all of the classics of Motown. As a part of Motown Night, legendary Motown Group The Four Tops will perform the national anthem and Duke Fakir of the group will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • Game Ball Delivery: Today’s game ball will be delivered by First Sergeant Ryan Roush of the United States Marine Corps from Republic, Ohio.
  • Friday Night Fireworks with a special Motown theme, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).

7/19 – INDIANS v. TIGERS  GAME ONE at 1:08 PM ET

  • This afternoon’s game is a makeup from the game on April 15 that was cancelled due to rain. All tickets from the April 15 game will be honored. No ticket exchange is necessary
  • Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball.  Brandon J. Bordeaux, Chairman and COO of Caravan Facilities Management, LLC is presented the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during a special pre-game on-field ceremony.
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation: The Tigers will host the 12th annual Children’s Health Day in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, a Detroit based organization that supports the healthcare needs of all children in Michigan by raising philanthropic funds for childhood disease research, the prevention of injuries and community outreach programs in southeast Michigan.
  •  The national anthem will be performed by Christina Chriss, lead singer of the band Kaleido. Kaleido was named the 2013 Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly. Kaleido recently released their second studio album entitled, “Unbreakable.”

7/19 – INDIANS v. TIGERS  GAME TWO at 7:08 PM ET

  • Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Andrew McCarthy of the United States Army from Flint, Michigan.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Saline Summer Band.
  • Following the game there will be Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting).
  • MLB AT the Ballpark Check-In Experiences: One lucky fan that checks in at Comerica Park with the MLB at the Ballpark app will have the opportunity to watch postgame fireworks from the visitor’s dugout. Fans may check in beginning four hours prior to game time.

7/20 – INDIANS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • All kids 14-and-under will receive an Anibal Sanchez poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. Kris Johnson, conductor of the Civic Jazz Orchestra will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • PAWS For Applause: The PAWS for Applause program is a partnership between the Detroit Tigers and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. It’s a campaign that celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community better. During the 2014 Tigers season, fans have the opportunity to submit an essay to the O&E Newspapers to nominate a young person in their community for doing something to make their community better. Today’s winner is 10-year-old Andrew Lithgow of Livonia, Michigan.
  • 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.
  • Bicycle to the Ballpark: The Tigers are offering a special ticket package to our cycling friends. A limited number of tickets are available that include a secure bicycle valet and a Detroit Tigers “Bicycle to the Ballpark” water bottle.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Christmas in July – July 29th
Yooper Night – August 1st
Fiesta Tigres! – August 2nd
Pink Out The Park – September 12th

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

 

Fans React to Rajai’s Walk-Off Grand Slam

#Tigers fans were on the edge of their seats last night as Rajai Davis stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded. With one out and a 1-0 count, Davis hit his third-career grand slam and the first walk-off of his career.

Fans took to Twitter to react to the Tigers 5-4 win over the A’s.

Homestand Highlights (6/30 – 7/9)

After going 7-2 on the road against the Indians, Rangers and Astros, the #Tigers return home for nine games in 10 days against the Athletics, Rays and Dodgers.

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6/30 – ATHLETICS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET

  • 30th Anniversary of the 1984 World Series Championship: The Tigers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tigers 1984 World Series championship. The first 20,000 fans into the ballpark will receive a 1984 replica road jersey, while the 1984 team will be honored on the field in a special pre-game ceremony featuring highlight videos from the ’84 season and testimonials from some of the players. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the ballpark early for this special event, and be in their seats no later than 6:30 p.m. so that they won’t miss a minute of the action.
  • Monday’s national anthem will be performed by Ray Parker Jr.

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

  • Play Baseball Detroit Day:  The Tigers will celebrate the Play Baseball Detroit program in a special pregame, on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the Athletics. Play Baseball Detroit is a comprehensive urban youth baseball outreach program dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth baseball and softball programs in the greater Detroit region. The ceremony will feature youth ball players from Tiny Tigers, Baseball FUNdamentals, the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship and Team Tigers.
  • Tuesday’s national anthem will be performed by Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss
  • The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant Patrick Haney of the United States Marine Corps from Canton, Michigan.

7/2 – ATHLETICS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • Wednesday’s national anthem will be performed by TJ Corbett

7/3 – RAYS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET 

  • LAST DAY TO VOTE! Voting for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game ends on July 3rd at 11:59 PM ET. Make sure you vote to send all of your Tigers to the All-Star Game! Vote here: tigers.com/vote 
  • United States Citizenship and immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony: Prior to today’s game 60 individuals will be sworn in as American citizens during a pre-game, on-field ceremony at Comerica Park.
  • Thursday’s game ball will be delivered by Corporal Dylan Pennington of the United States Marine Corps from Hastings, Michigan.

7/4 – RAYS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET – INDEPENDENCE DAY 

  • Stars & Stripes Tumbler Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a Stars & Stripes tumbler, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Armed Forces and Veterans Recognition Game: The Tigers are proud to celebrate the dedication and sacrifice of current and former members of the Armed Forces on Independence Day. The Tigers donated 1,500 tickets to local members of the Armed Forces and Veterans, along with their families to attend tonight’s game. More than 600 active duty service members and Veterans are invited to participate in a special pre-game, on-field ceremony recognizing their commitment and service to the United States. The Tigers and the Rays will don special camouflage logo caps in honor of Independence Day.
  • Fireworks: Don’t leave early! Fireworks will follow the game to help celebrate Independence Day (weather permitting).
  • ALS Awareness: In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s speech, Major League Baseball has partnered with ALS organizations nationwide to raise awareness about the disease and honor the great Lou Gehrig, who inspired so many with his outstanding on-field achievements and unparalleled strength of body, mind and character.
  • Tigers Wives Autographed Baseball and Photo Grab Bag Sale: The Tigers Wives have joined the Detroit Tigers Foundation for a fundraising event to benefit the Tigers Wives Fund and the Detroit Tigers Foundation.  The Tigers Wives will be stationed at Gate A selling grab bags during Friday and Saturday’s games.

7/5 – RAYS v. TIGERS at 4:08 PM ET 

  • The game ball will be delivered by Sergeant First Class Jay Gripentrog of the United States Army from Bay City, Michigan.
  • Saturday’s national anthem will be performed by Detroit native and vocal jazz ambassador Harvey Thompson.

7/6 – RAYS v. TIGERS at 8:08 PM ET 

  • Victor Martinez Poster Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Victor Martinez poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • Sunday Night in the D: See the Tigers battle the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, July 6 at 8:07 PM and take advantage of the best ticket deal of the year: Get a special “Sunday Night In The D” T-shirt and your choice of a Outfield Box, Pavilion, Upper Box Infield or Mezzanine ticket. Prices start as low as $17.50!
  • 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.

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

  • Tonight’s game ball will be delivered by Staff Sergeant Tyler Adams of the United States Air Force from Grass Lake, Michigan.
  • Prior to Tuesday night’s game, recent winners of the 2014 Detroit Music Awards Outstanding R&B Artist/Group The Infatuations will perform an acoustic set for the crowd.

7/9 – DODGERS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET 

  • All-Star Sendoff: The Tigers will present their participants in the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field with their official Majestic All-Star Game batting practice jerseys.

UPCOMING SPECIAL TICKET PACKAGES:

Mowtown Night – July 18th
Bicycle to the Ballpark – July 20th
Christmas in July – July 29th

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 WIVES: Volunteering in Detroit

This season, the #TigersWives are adding more volunteer ventures on top of their more charitable contributions to the community. We hope to reinforce their team’s commitment to public service here in Detroit and encourage the local community to also step out and volunteer some of their own time.  We plan on blogging to keep fans updated on our efforts, but we’ll also be tweeting along the way with the hashtag #TigersWives.

Salvation Army Harbor Light Center

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Last month we prepped meals for the food kitchen that serves residents of the center’s detox and rehab facility, as well as the neighboring men’s shelter.  We also prepared and packaged food for the bed and bread truck that serves up to 3,000 Detroit homeless every day.  Salvation Army is an organization we have worked with for many years and it has always been a fun and educational experience for everyone involved.  It was especially eye opening to see this side as we’ve worked the Bed and Bread trucks in the past (and did again only a few weeks later)–to see how much work and time goes into preparing the meals, dividing the snacks and more really emphasized how important volunteers are to the organization.

Salvation Army Bed & Bread Truck

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This year we tried to really change how we worked the Bed and Bread truck by increasing the number of stops we worked.  We had two shifts and two trucks running due to the huge support from all of our ladies.  Although this was difficult at times, especially seeing so many young children needing meals or walking the streets by themselves, it was an enjoyable opportunity for all of us to help out and really see the other side of the city that many people rarely see.  Given how close most of the stops were to the stadium (you could even see it at some of them), it was important to get out and help those in most need.  In fact, this had such a significant impact on all the girls that the next night when we were all heading to a fundraiser we all spent most of the ride talking about what affected us most and how we can do more to help. I think it really opened some of our eyes and even though this was the fifth year some of us have done it, getting the chance to have more stops and see more of the areas most in need really affected us too.

Team Joseph In Vino Esperanza Fundraiser

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We chose to attend this event after spending a long time talking with Rick Porcello during spring training about how strongly he feels about the organization.  He was unable to attend since it was during the game, but since us ladies are trying to keep the #Tigers family feel, we decided to attend on his behalf.  All of us were so incredibly touched by how friendly everyone was, how excited they were to have us there and how they treated us like family.  We were able to meet Joseph and his mother, Marisa, who started the organization.  I still cannot believe what a positive spirit she is despite the challenges her family is facing with Joseph having Duchenne.  We met several parents, relatives or friends of children with Duchenne and learned of the challenges and struggles that they face every day.  It touched us all to see the positive attitudes and all of the hope that a cure would be found. It’s definitely given us a lot to think about and a lot to be thankful for.

Greening of Detroit

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This one was probably one of the biggest surprises but turned out to be a blast.  We all went in thinking we’d be planting flowers, pulling weeds or something similar.  When we arrived for our orientation we found out we’d be planting rather large trees and were a little nervous after learning just how involved (especially how labor intensive) the process was.  We definitely struggled at times digging through roots and clay, but everyone kept a great attitude, didn’t care about getting sweaty or dirty, and would not stop until our trees were planted absolutely perfectly.  We named our tree after the Tigers for good luck and everyone dropped pins on their phone to remember where they were.  It was cool, because when we were doing the Race for the Cure we saw a bunch of newly planted trees with the same frost guards we’d put on ours with the Greening of Detroit stickers.  Although it’s something small, it’s nice to recognize the organization’s touch throughout the city and we all had to stop and take a picture!

Race for the Cure

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This is something we do every year with many members of the Tigers front office.  It has always been a lot of fun, but was especially great this season because the team was in town so we had a few more girls than in the past.  Ashley Holaday presented the award for largest new team and did a great job with the media.  Overall it was just a great day for all of us girls to get outside, see another part of the city we don’t normally get to see and spend some time together supporting a great cause that has touched many of our families and friends.

Don’t forget to keep following the blog and #TigersWives on Twitter to see what we are up to.

 

 

 

 

 

Homestand Recap

Last week the #Tigers hosted the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox for a six-game homestand at Comerica Park. Off the field, the Tigers had special visitors and joined fans for special promotions. Here are a few things you may have missed…

 

Rajai Davis tried explaining that "stealing a base" wasn't a real crime to RoboCop.

Rajai Davis tried explaining that “stealing a base” wasn’t a real crime to RoboCop.

RoboCop and Nick Fairley were on hand to throw out the first pitch on Tuesday night.

RoboCop and Nick Fairley were on hand to throw out the first pitch on Tuesday night.

 

Rajai Davis took a stab at SnapChat.

Rajai Davis took a stab at SnapChat.

The Tigers selected Derek Hill in the first round of the MLB Draft.

The Tigers selected Derek Hill in the first round of the MLB Draft.

Justin Verlander helped take as many #TigersSelfies as he could before Sunday's game during On-Field Photo Day.

Justin Verlander helped take as many #TigersSelfies as he could before Sunday’s game during On-Field Photo Day.

V-Mart Selfie?

V-Mart Selfie?

Joba (and his beard) were a hit on On-Field Photo Day.

Joba (and his beard) were a hit on On-Field Photo Day.

Paula Abdul was at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon to help raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the 2014 Home Run Challenge.

Paula Abdul was at Comerica Park on Sunday afternoon to help raise awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the 2014 Home Run Challenge.

 

 

 

Homestand Highlights (June 3 – June 8)

The #Tigers are back in Detroit after a swing through the West Coast, and will host the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox during a six-game homestand.

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ALL-STAR VOTING UPDATE:

The Tigers have four players atop the voting in their respective positions. Miguel Cabrera has the most votes in the American League at first base, while Ian Kinsler currently sits in second at second. Victor Martinez trails Nelson Cruz and David Ortiz for DH, while Torii Hunter is at seventh among outfielders. Be sure to VOTE often to help send #DET2ASG this year!

 

6/3 – BLUE JAYS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET

  • Canadian Tigers Fans Night: The Tigers are offering a special ticket package for Canadian Tigers fans to see Detroit take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Each ticket package includes a ticket, a special Canadian Tigers fan t-shirt and a $5 donation to Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare. Find out how to get your tickets here.
  • RoboCop Day: RoboCop will be on-hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. RoboCop’s motorcycle will also be on display for fans to view in the Big Cat Court, and the first 10,000 fans will receive a RoboCop cheer card upon entry to the ballpark.

6/4 – BLUE JAYS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET 

  • Detroit Tigers Grocery Tote:  The first 10,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Detroit Tigers Grocery Tote courtesy of MLB Network.
  • The Henry Ford Night: As part of the Tigers partnership with the Henry Ford and annual sponsorship of the Historic Baseball Program at Greenfield Village, several representatives from the Henry Ford will be at Comerica Park.

6/5 – BLUE JAYS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • Max Scherzer Bobblehead Giveaway: The first 15,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead courtesy of BallPark.

6/6 – RED SOX v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET 

  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting)

6/7 – RED SOX v. TIGERS at 7:15 PM ET 

  • Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi (weather permitting)
  • Scott’s MLB Pitch, Hit & Run: Prior to the game, 24 youngsters ages 7-14 will compete in the Team Championship of the 2014 Scott’s MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition at Comerica Park.

6/8 – RED SOX v. TIGERS at 8:00 PM ET 

  • On-field photo day: From 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. all fans are invited down to the field for a special opportunity to take photos of their favorite Tigers players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to take selfies with their favorite players in the background and tag them on Twitter and Instagram using #TigersSelfies. Please note that this is not an autograph event and posed photos are not permitted.
  • Joe Nathan Facial Hair Fathead: All kids 14-and-under will receive Joe Nathan Facial Hair Fathead, courtesy of Belle Tire.
  • Kids Days: 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 Meijer following the game, weather permitting.

DYNAMIC DEALS IN MAY

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games in June. 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

Five Things You May Have Missed Last Weekend

The #Tigers hosted the Rangers for a short home series over the weekend. The four game stint honored former Negro Leagues players as part of the annual Negro Leagues Weekend celebration at Comerica Park. Here are five things you may have missed this weekend at Comerica Park…

5. Detroit Stars v. Fort Worth Black Panthers

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Saturday night, the Tigers and Rangers sported the Negro Leagues uniforms of both the Detroit Stars and Fort Worth Black Panthers.

4. Weather Day

The Class Outside Series went out with a bang (literally). Over 10,000 students visited Comerica Park for the series this year to learn about journalism, math, science and weather. The Imagination Station in Toledo was on hand Thursday for Weather Day along with meteorologists from FOX 2 Weather Authority.

3. Passing of the Bat

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A part of the club’s Negro Leagues Weekend celebration, the Passing of the Bat is a tradition that includes baseball players from multiple generations. Dazon Cole from West Bloomfield High School joined Walt Owens, Rod Allen, Craig Monroe, Darnell Coles, Dave Clark, Rajai Davis, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson in signing the ceremonial bat.

2. African American Legacy Award PresentationMAC_2580

The Tigers posthumously honored the career of Bill Bruton and the contributions to the legacy of African Americans in baseball in the city of Detroit and across the country.  Bruton was represented by his family members in a special on-field ceremony Sunday afternoon.

1. Danny Worth’s Knuckleball


The Tigers hit the road Monday for a seven game road trip out west with the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners, and will return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox on June 3rd.

Homestand Highlights

After a 6-3 road trip that saw the #Tigers sweep the Red Sox for the first time in Boston since 1983, the team returns to Comerica Park for a four-game homestand against the Texas Rangers this weekend.

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5/22 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • Weather Day: More than 3,600 students will be treated to a lesson on the science behind Michigan weather and why it acts the way it does. The lesson will feature meteorologists from FOX 2 Weather Authority and special weather-related demonstrations by experts from Toledo’s Imagination Station.

5/23 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 7:08 PM ET – FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS

  • 8th Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The singing competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 10 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Golden Tate, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and FOX 2 TV personality Lee Thomas. 
  • Passing of the Bat Ceremony: The Tigers are continuing their celebration of African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball with the “Passing of the Bat” ceremony, which embodies the past, present and future contributions of African American ballplayers to the game of baseball. The ceremony features former Detroit Stars player Walt Owens, former Tigers and current FOX Sports Detroit broadcasters Rod Allen and Craig Monroe, current Tigers Rajai Davis Torii Hunter, and Austin Jackson, as well as Dazon Cole of West Bloomfield High School. Cole is one of the top high school baseball prospects in the state of Michigan.

5/24 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 4:08 PM ET – 20th ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE GAME

  • Detroit Stars Baseball Cap Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans to enter the park will receive a Detroit Stars baseball cap, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
  • On-Field Ceremony: Prior to the 20th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, where the Tigers and Rangers will don the uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Ft. Worth Texas Black Panthers, 10 former Negro Leagues players will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony. In addition, as part of its commitment to the metro Detroit community, Comerica Bank will donate $5,000 to Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium to purchase a historic marker identifying the Negro Leagues diamond as a National Historic Landmark. Former home of the Negro Leagues Detroit Stars, Hamtramck Stadium has played host to National Baseball Hall of Famers such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell and Norman “Turkey” Stearnes.  

5/25 – RANGERS v. TIGERS at 1:08 PM ET

  • Bill Bruton Baseball Card Giveaway: Upon exit from the ballpark, all fans will receive a commemorative Bill Bruton baseball card, courtesy of The Detroit News.
  • Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation Poster Giveaway: All kids 14-and-under will receive a Detroit Tigers Starting Rotation Poster, courtesy of Meijer.
  • African American Legacy Award Presentation: Prior to the game, the Tigers will posthumously honor former Tigers outfielder Bill Bruton for his contributions to the legacy of African Americans in baseball in the city of Detroit and across the country. Bruton’s family will be on-hand to receive the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award on his behalf. 
  • Kids Day: All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive afree promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoyfree 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 following the game, weather permitting.

DYNAMIC DEALS IN MAY

New for 2014, the Tigers are offering “Dynamic Deals” for select games in May. 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

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