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A sea of screaming orange.
That’s what greeted Detroit Tigers superstar Torii Hunter as he entered the Franklin Middle School auditorium in Wayne, Michigan on May 14.
Hunter was at the school as part of the Tigers’ Play Baseball Detroit Program, designed to encourage participation in youth baseball and softball programs throughout the metro-Detroit area.
Over the past two decades, participation in youth baseball and softball programs has fallen dramatically in inner city and urban areas throughout the country.
The Tigers are trying to turn those numbers around.
That’s why each year they throw a Play Baseball Detroit Rally in a local school with a Tigers player to help encourage young people to participate in the game of baseball.
This year, it was Hunter’s turn to fire up the kids. And he did just that.
Hunter spoke about his life growing up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and how he prepares himself to succeed on the field, and in life.
“It’s about getting yourself ready,” said Hunter. “It’s like when a teacher gives you test. If you studied for the test you’re like ‘Man I got this’. But if you didn’t study for the test, that’s when you feel pressure. And that’s when things get tough.”
Hunter encouraged the kids to get involved in their communities, be active in sports, and find what their passions and strengths are.
Then Hunter posed for a photo with the youth baseball and softball players in the audience before returning to Comerica Park for that night’s game against the Astros.
For Hunter, the Play Baseball Detroit Rally was a chance to give back and encourage more kids to play the sport that he loves.
“It was pretty awesome to see the kids and to give them the opportunity to see a professional player and talk to them and engage with them,” said Hunter. “These kids had me pumped up.”
What was is like to be Jackie Robinson in 1947?
That is the question that over 200 Detroit Edison Public School Academy Students were asked on Friday, May 10 as the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball held a private screening of the acclaimed movie “42” at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
After the movie, three students from the school shared their thoughts on Jackie Robinson and “42” before listening to a roundtable with distinguished guests that included, FOX Sports Detroit analyst and former Major League Baseball player Rod Allen, Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumnus Shani Allison, Detroit News Sports Columnist and radio personality on WXYT-FM Terry Foster, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for the Detroit Tigers Elaine Lewis, and former Negro Leagues player Ron Teasley.
Each shared their own unique perspective on the impact Jackie Robinson had on their lives, and how they have each become successful in their personal and professional careers.
The students then posed for a photo with their “42” movie posters and patches before returning to school to discuss the lessons learned from the movie.
To learn more about Jackie Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation visit http://www.jackierobinson.org.
Here’s what’s on tap for the Tigers as the Houston Astros make their first and only trip to Comerica Park in 2013.
Monday, May 13 – Houston Astros @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Probables: Sanchez vs. Norris)
- The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Doug Fister Mouse Pad, courtesy of Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
- Miss Michigan Night: All 33 Miss Michigan titleholders will participate in Miss Michigan Night at Comerica Park. All 33 ladies will greet fans upon entry to Comerica Park and will be recognized in a special on-field pregame ceremony. Miss Michigan 2012, Angela Venditti, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, May 14 – Houston Astros @ 7:08 (Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Probables: Fister vs. Harrell)
- Super Spring Special: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Wednesday, May 15- Houston Astros @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m., Probables: Scherzer vs. Keuchel)
- Space Day: The Tigers have designed five specific “Class Outside” programs that incorporate the fun of going to a baseball game with classroom learning. Michigan has a very special role in the history of space exploration. Many former NASA astronauts are Michigan natives (and baseball fans!). Join the Tigers as we explore our universe and galaxy, from the perspective of an astronaut, utilizing the giant HD Comerica Park Videoboard. The final “Class Outside” educational program will feature famed astronaut and Detroit native Dr. Jerry Linenger as the guest of honor and speaker. Please note: Space Day is designed for elementary and middle school students. Tickets are still available at tigers.com/space.
- 18th Annual Detroit Tigers G.R.E.A.T. Day: The Tigers were the first professional sports team to commit to the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, and have dedicated one game since 1992 to G.R.E.A.T. This year, 900 Detroit area middle school students who have graduated from or are currently receiving lessons under the 13-week program will attend the game to celebrate their achievements in avoiding destructive behaviors. The students work with law enforcement agencies and educators to learn the importance of becoming responsible members of their communities by setting goals, resisting peer pressures, learning how to resolve conflicts and understanding how gangs negatively impact the quality of their life. Tigers’ Manager Jim Leyland is scheduled to address the youth of G.R.E.A.T. prior the game. Through the G.R.E.A.T. program, approximately 74,000 Michigan youth have received instruction from city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers throughout Michigan since its inception in 1992.
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about what songs the Tigers use when they’re up to bat or on the mound. While some of their music changes over the course of the season, here is what you can expect to hear when your Tigers are playing at Comerica Park.
Alex Avila: “I Got Mine” by the Black Keys
Miguel Cabrera: “Mercy” by Kanye West, “N****s In Paris” by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Andy Dirks: “Get Off On The Pain” by Gary Allan
Prince Fielder: “Requiem: No 4. Sequence” by Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra
Torii Hunter: “Welcome 2 Detroit City” by Eminem Omar Infante: “Echa Pa’ Ya (Manos Parriba)” by Pitbull, “Limbo” by Daddy Yankee
Austin Jackson: “Ambition” by Wale
Don Kelly: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
Victor Martinez: “Bailando” by Frankie Ruiz, “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan, “I Can” by Nas, “Shots” by LMFAO
Brayan Peña: “Ran Kan Kan” by Tito Puente, “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled, “We Ready” by Archie
Jhonny Peralta: “Party” by Wisin y Yandel “More” by Zion, Jory & Ken-Y
Ramon Santiago: “Zumba” by Don Omar
Matt Tuiasosopo: “Tell The World” by Lecrae “Arena” by W.L.A.K.
Max Scherzer: “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre ft. Eminem
Justin Verlander: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem
Al Albuquerque: “De Nuevo Hable Con Papá” by Secreto ‘El Famoso Biberon’
Phil Coke: “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback
Darin Downs: “I’m Good” by Trip Lee
What do you think? We bet nobody predicted Prince Fielder would be walking up to classical music on Opening Day. Leave your comments and let us know who you think has the best music choices.
The Tigers make their first ever trip to Nationals Park today to square off against the Washington Nationals in the club’s first road Interleague game of 2013.
It will also be the first time the Tigers will play without a designated hitter since the 2012 World Series.
Manager Jim Leyland told reporters in Texas on Sunday that Victor Martinez will be used as a pinch-hitter during the two-game series beginning tonight.
Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers in game one against Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals. Sanchez is 3-2 with a 1.82 ERA and 50 strikeouts in six starts for the Tigers this season. The 26-year-old Zimmermann is 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA and two complete games, as well as a league-leading 0 .750 WHIP.
Prior to tonight’s game Representatives from the Detroit Tigers baseball club will join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and members of Congress on Capitol Hill to celebrate the success of the “Save Vanishing Species” semipostal stamp. Sales of the stamp have generated more than $2.1 million to support on-the-ground conservation of critically endangered international species such as the wild tiger, rhino, elephants, great apes and marine turtles.
Through the Pennies for Paws campaign, the Tigers organization has partnered with the Service to raise funds for international tiger conservation. The stamps will soon be sold at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers and their fans have donated thousands of dollars to fund tiger conservation projects.
The Tigers had an off-day yesterday in our nation’s capital. Check out some of the photos taken by the Tigers as they played tourist for the day.
Last weekend, the Detroit Tigers continued their efforts to honor the stars of the Negro Leagues and the many contributions of African-Americans to the game of baseball with the 11th annual Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park.
The celebration kicked off on Friday, April 26 with the Detroit Stars singing competition. 11 contestants from all over the country competed in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an audience in the Big Cat Court at Comerica Park, for the chance to win $1,500 and the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at an upcoming Tigers game.
After a fierce battle, Marnell Kenan and her rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston won over the panel of celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, Drew Rives, Midwest Marketing Director of Island Def Jam Music Group and Lee Thomas, Entertainment Anchor and Reporter from FOX 2 News.
That same night, the Tigers hosted the ceremonial ‘Passing of the Bat’ on the field at Comerica Park, honoring the past, present and future contributions of African-Americans to the game of baseball in Detroit. Featuring former Tigers Ike Blessitt and Rod Allen, current Tiger Torii Hunter, and future baseball star Johnny Slater of Southfield Lathrup High School, the passing of the bat embodies the continuing legacy of African-Americans in the game of baseball.
On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves suited up in the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers for the 17th annual Negro Leagues Tribute game. The day also featured a roundtable discussion with former Negro Leagues players in the Big Cat Court and an on-field ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of 12 former Negro Leagues players.
The weekend concluded on Sunday with a special tribute to former Tigers player, Larry Herndon. Most commonly known to Tigers fans as the man who caught the final out of the 1984 World Series, Herndon was presented with the African-American Legacy Award, sponsored by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association.
The award honors a current or former African-American Tigers player for their enduring legacy in baseball in Detroit, as well as their positive influence on players of all races who have since followed in their footsteps.
If you would like to learn more about the Tigers rich African-American heritage, visit tigers.com/aa_heritage.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation and Trader Joe’s Team Up to Strike out Hunger in the Metro-Detroit Community
In a special pre-game on-field ceremony at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers Foundation and Trader Joe’s presented Gleaners Community Food Bank with a check for $26,360 to use to help feed the hungry in our community.
In 2011, Trader Joe’s and the Detroit Tigers partnered to create the Strikeout Hunger program. Since then, Trader Joe’s pledged to donate $20 to the Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit for every strikeout thrown by a Detroit Tigers Pitcher.
Last season, Tigers pitchers recorded 1,318 strikeouts for a total donation of $26,260.
“We are able to leverage each dollar contributed into three meals for someone who needs it,” said Dewayne Wells, President of Gleaners Community Food Bank. “These contributions will be almost 80,000 meals that we will be able to provide to hungry seniors, kids, and working families throughout Michigan.”
Over the past two seasons the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Trader Joe’s have partnered to donate over $50,000 to Gleaners, and will continue to Strikeout Hunger during the 2013 season. Now every time you cheer for a strikeout on the field, it will also be helping to strikeout hunger off the field.
About the Gleaners Community Food Bank
Founded in 1977, Gleaners is one of the oldest and largest food banks in the country. Today, it distributes more than 46 million pounds of emergency food annually, equivalent to 100,00 meals per day. Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners operates a total of five distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, which provide food to 558 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 93 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor. Learn more at http://www.gcfb.org
About the Detroit Tigers Foundation
The Detroit Tigers organization, its owners, management, players and coaches are committed to providing a caring, enduring presence in the greater Detroit community. The mission of the team’s official charity, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, is to enhance lives through the game of baseball with a focus on youth, education and recreation. From renovating baseball fields to rewarding academic achievement, the Foundation aids in the development and funding of innovative programs that promote the game of baseball and the good citizenship embodied in the storied history of the Detroit Tigers. Since its inception in 2005 as an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, the Detroit Tigers Foundation has awarded over $8 million in grants, tickets and scholarships to area charitable organizations that invest in the region’s future through the game of baseball.
HOMESTAND FEATURES 11TH ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES WEEKEND, JACKIE ROBINSON DAY RECOGNITION, JUSTIN VERLANDER “APRIL IN THE D” MINI BOBBLEHEAD AND PRINCE FIELDER DETROIT STARS MINI FATHEAD
DETROIT – The Tigers return home from their nine-game road trip to begin a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park Tuesday night. The Kansas City Royals (April 23-25) will visit Comerica Park for the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves (April 26-28) will make their only stop in Detroit this season and the Minnesota Twins come to town (April 29-May 1). First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals are 7:08 p.m. and Thursday’s is 1:08 p.m. Friday’s game against the Braves begins at 7:08 p.m., while Saturday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 8:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Twins begin at 7:08 p.m. The final game of the homestand on Wednesday will begin at 1:08 p.m.
SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in April and May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Tuesday, April 23 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
·Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Troy Gearhart of the United States Army from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. He has proudly served the United States Army for 23 years.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. Jack’s Place for Autism will have an awareness table on the concourse at Comerica Park.
·Jackie Robinson Day: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 66th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 17th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson, who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field.
oArt: Alexys Levins of Chesterfield, 8th grade, representing Anchor Bay Middle School and Chloe Jennings of St. Clair Shores, 12th grade, representing Lakeshore High School
oEssay: Anja Nelem of Waterford, 6th grade, representing Pierce Middle School and Rajiea Sultana, of Detroit, 12th grade, representing Cass Tech High School
oPoetry: Julia Meguid of Shelby Township., 6th grade representing Monfort Elementary and Qayyim Carr, of Southfield, 10th grade representing University High School Academy
·Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars First Pitch: Monique Malone, a senior from the Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and French, and Khyara Harris, a senior from the University of Toledo, majoring in Communications and Psychology will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnus, Shani Allison will also be in attendance.
·Jackie Robinson Most 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. Irene Zannis, owner of Seaway Painting, L.L.C., will be presented with the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during an on-field, pregame recognition. Seaway Painting L.L.C., a national industrial painting company, is a single-source contractor responsible for painting, sand blasting, water blasting and a number of other maintenance services. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with Seaway and its partners since 2008 as Seaway has provided service to maintain Comerica Park, most notably painting and general maintenance of the facility to ensure a pleasant experience for fans at Comerica Park.
·Jackie Robinson Day On The Road: Tigers players and coaches participated in the league-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration by wearing uniform number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 16 at Seattle.
Wednesday, April 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
·Recently retired Detroit Lions kicker, Jason Hanson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
·The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Justin Verlander “April in the D” Mini Bobblehead, courtesy of FOX Sports Detroit.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. A pregame ceremony featuring Jack’s Place is scheduled for today’s game.
Thursday, April 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 p.m.)
·Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Reyes Saldana of the United States Marines from Davison, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Saldana recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan, where he earned a Purple Heart. He has proudly served the United States Marines for three years
·Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina.
·Weather Day: As part of the club’s 2013 Class Outside Series 1,400 students will be in attendance for a special pregame educational presentation. Weather Day events will teach students the science of weather and its role in the game of baseball.
·MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism.
Friday, April 26 – Atlanta Braves @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
·Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Radio One for the seventh annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 12 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Lee Thomas, an entertainment reporter for FOX 2 WJBK, and Dionne Farris, acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter. The winner receives $1,500, the opportunity to sing the anthem at an upcoming Tigers game and will be honored during the pregame ceremony on the field.
·Negro Leagues Weekend Pregame Ceremony: The Tigers are celebrating African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball. The ceremony will include the “Passing of the Bat.” The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearns Thompson and Rosalyn Norman-Brown, daughters of National Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearns.
Saturday, April 27 – Atlanta Braves @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)
·The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Mini Fathead, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
·19th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game: The Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves will suit up wearing the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. Several former Negro Leagues players will participate in a special Q&A Roundtable, hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of WCHB AM 1200, at the Big Cat Court, at 11:20 a.m. The Tigers will also pay tribute to the former Negro Leagues players during a pregame ceremony hosted by Mason.The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Alton King with a moment of silence.
·Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Mason Turrell of the United States Army from Clinton Township, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and South Korea. He has proudly served the United States Army for four years.
Sunday, April 28 – Kids Day – Atlanta Braves @ 8:08 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
·All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Knit Hat, courtesy of Belle Tire.
·Former Detroit Tigers player, Larry Herndon, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
·Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award: A special pregame ceremony honoring 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon, as the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, awarded by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. The ceremony also includes a presentation of a Testimonial Resolution to Larry Herndon by Councilman Pro Tempore Gary Brown.
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 on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, courtesy of Kroger, 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 Aquarian, following the game.
Monday, April 29 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
·Detroit Grand Prix Driver, J.R. Hildebrand, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, April 30 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
·Capuchin Friar, Br. Bob Malloy, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Wednesday, May 1 – Minnesota Twins @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
·Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina
·History Day: Approximately 1,000 students will be in attendance for a special educational series by the Detroit Tigers. History Day events will teach students the rich history of Michigan, Detroit and the Tigers.
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.
Couldn’t be at the ballpark this weekend? Check out our photo gallery from the first three games of the season at Comerica Park.