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September 10, 2009 11:18 AM

Tigers - Blue Jays Press Release

THE PENNANT RACE IS ON AS THE TIGERS HOST THE BLUE JAYS 
WEEKEND FEATURES FIRST-EVER PAWS BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY AND TWO FIREWORKS SHOWS


DETROIT - The chase for the pennant continues for the Detroit Tigers as they open a seven-game homestand on Friday, September 11 when they host the Toronto Blue Jays for a four-game series. Friday, Saturday and Monday's games are at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday's game starts at 1:05 p.m. The Tigers then begin a stretch during which they face divisional opponents in their final 19 games of the season when they host the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 and 16 at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday, September 17 at 1:05 p.m. 

Friday and Saturday night fireworks, Sunday Kids Day, and two giveaways - a PAWS bobblehead and a Tigers camouflage hunting hat, highlight the homestand. 

Available for Monday-Thursday home games through September 17, fans can purchase two Outfield Box tickets for $49 - a savings of $15. 

Tickets are available for all games at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, located at 1845 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy. 

Get playoff ticket priority by placing a deposit on a 2010 full season ticket package and receive the opportunity to purchase tickets to all 2009 home playoff games. Call 313-471-2255 or visit tigers.com for more information. 

A limited number of American League Division Series postseason suites are now available. Reserve suites for potential first-round ALDS games at Comerica Park by calling 313-471-2222. 

Friday, September 11 - Fireworks Show - Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        The Tigers, and every Major League Baseball team, will wear 'stars and stripes' baseball hats in recognition of Sept. 11. 
·        Specialist Justin Ross of the United States Army and a native of Taylor, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Ross recently returned from his first deployment in Iraq at Camp Liberty. 
·        Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game, weather permitting. 
·        One lucky fan will receive an opportunity to win $1,000 in the Pepsi Close for Cash contest between the conclusion of the game and the Friday Night Fireworks by throwing three strikes from various distances. Fans can enter for a chance to be selected at a participating Sam's Club. 

The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, has partnered with American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provide relief to disaster victims, support to active and veteran military personnel and their families, the knowledge and skills to help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, for Friday and Saturday's 50-50 Charity raffle. The Foundation holds a 50-50 Charity raffle every Friday and Saturday game throughout the season. Tickets are sold when the gates open until the end of the second inning throughout the concourse, at entry gates and at the 50-50 raffle table near Gate A. Tickets are three-for-$5 with the winning ticket announced after the sixth inning. To date, the 50-50 Charity raffle has raised more than $80,000 for charities, with the single largest 50-50 winner taking home more than $5,800.


Friday, September 11 - Continued 

To honor the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty during Sept. 11, the Tigers will celebrate the men and women of local fire and police forces and their dedication to the community through public service during an on-field, pregame recognition. The Tigers donated 500 tickets to local firefighters and police officers along with their families to go to the game. The attending firefighters will be from the Detroit Fire Department, while the attending police officers will represent police departments from Detroit, Rochester, Wayne County, Brownstown, Roseville, Buena Vista Township, Saginaw and Wayne State.   

Saturday, September 12 - Fireworks Show - Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)


·        Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Verizon Wireless, are free with game ticket and will immediately follow the game, weather permitting. 

Sunday, September 13 - Kids Day - Blue Jays @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

·        All Kids 14-and-younger will receive an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" PAWS bobblehead compliments of Comcast. 
·        Dana Jacobson, television personality and a graduate of the University of Michigan and a Rochester, Mich. native, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. 

All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park, sponsored by Pepsi. In addition to every child receiving a PAWS Bobblehead, children can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheelcourtesy of Red Robinfree face painting at Gates A and B, and Pack Attack near Gate B at 11:45 a.m. Tigers Kids Club Members have the exclusive chance to take the field prior to the start of the game, deliver the lineup card to homeplate or announce the first Tigers batter over the public address as one of the Big Boy Kids Take the Field. Additionally, there is a chance for all kids to win one of four kids' bicycles, compliments of Meijer. After the game all children are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Pepsi and Upper Deck Trading Cards. 

Monday, September 14 - Blue Jays @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Sergeant Adam Rogers of the United States Army and a native of Quincy, Mich. will deliver the game ball. Rogers is home for two weeks of leave from Iraq where he is serving his second tour of duty. 
·        Tigers catcher Alex Avila will chat live with fans from 2-3 p.m. at tigers.com. Fans can log on to www.tigers.com/chat starting at 1 p.m. to begin submitting questions. 

Daryl Horton, son of Tigers great Willie Horton, will present awards to the top performers of the batting, throwing and base running portions of Willie Horton's "Batting For Kids" competition during an on-field, pregame ceremony. On July 13, over 350 children ages 7-16 competed in running, hitting and throwing contests at Comerica Park. Since 2002, Willie Horton's "Batting for Kids," a youth baseball clinic and fundraiser for Don Bosco Hall, has been promoting the development and enrichment of Detroit Public School students. 

Tuesday, September 15 - Royals @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk will throw the ceremonial first pitch. 

Gloves For Kids, a program designed to provide Detroit's youth the proper sporting equipment to participate in organized baseball and softball, will be recognized during an on-field, pregame ceremony. Gloves For Kids collected more than 2,700 pieces of equipment in 2009, including 575 gloves and 239 bats. Rosedale Grandmont Little League will receive more than $3,000 collected during Glove For Kids and an additional $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Tigers players Adam Everett, Gerald Laird, Jeff Larish, Brandon Lyon, Zach Miner, Ryan Raburn and Clete Thomas all appeared at local ABC Warehouse locations throughout the season to sign autographs in exchange for equipment or monetary donations. On August 29 a collection was held at Comerica Park where more than 600 pieces of equipment were donated. Gloves For Kids is supported by 97.1 The TicketWWJ 950 AMFOX Sports Detroit, ABC Warehouse and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund.


Wednesday, September 16 - Tigers Camouflage Hat - Royals @ 7:05 p.m. 
(Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) 

·        Harold Lanning, WWII veteran, will perform the national anthem. 
·        The first 10,000 adults (21-and-older) will receive a Detroit Tigers Camouflage Hunting Hat compliments of Bud Light. 

As part of Carlos' Compañeros, Tigers outfielder Carlos Guillen will provide complimentary game tickets, T-shirts and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field for members of SER (Service, Employment and Redevelopment), a multi-service Michigan corporation committed to the development and utilization of the nation's workforce. 

Hundreds of World War II veterans will attend the game as part of filming for Keith Famie's "Detroit: Our Greatest Generation," an hour-long documentary about World War II veterans who live in the metro Detroit area. WWII veteran Harold Lanning will perform the national anthem, complete with a B-17 aircraft flyover. A WWII veteran will also throw the ceremonial first pitch. For more information, log onto www.detroitgreatestgeneration.comwww.v-prod.comand/or www.tigers.com/dogg. 

The Tigers will host a "My Favorite Things" broadcast auction with Fox Sports Detroit during the Tigers telecast. Beginning with the opening of the FSD broadcast and through the eighth inning, the auction will feature baskets hand picked by Tigers wives and will be filled with their husband's favorite things and also unique baseball memorabilia. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to supportTiny Tigers, a Tee Ball and junior baseball program funded by the Foundation as part of Play Baseball Detroit and in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club. 

Thursday, September 17 - Royals @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.) 

A family will be presented a surprise check from the Sabrina Black Foundation in a Tigers suite. Sabrina Black, a former disc jockey and WDFN AM sports reporter, passed away on March 20, 2006 at the age of 35. Her husband, Steve Black, founded the Sabrina Black Foundation to assist families with medical bills. 

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