Tigers Press Release
AL Champions Title Flag to be Raised; Willie Horton to Throw First Pitch as Opening Day Festivities feature Motown Legends The Four Tops and a Salute to the United States Armed Services
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers begin their 14th season at Comerica Park and their 113th year in Detroit next Friday at 1:08 p.m. as the Tigers host the New York Yankees. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
OPENING DAY PRE-GAME LINE-UP WILL FEATURE:
- 2012 American League Champions Flag Raising
- On-field introduction of the Yankees and Tigers
- The national anthem performed by Motown legends, The Four Tops
- Staff Sergeant Patrick Jefferson of the United States Air Force will deliver the game ball prior to the start of the game
- 1968 World Series Champion and hometown hero Willie Horton will throw the ceremonial first pitch and his teammate on the 1968 team and Tigers radio broadcaster, Jim Price, will be catching the first pitch
HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: The six-game Tigers homestand features the New York Yankees (April 5-7) and the Toronto Blue Jays (April 9-11). First pitch for Saturday, April 6 is 4:05 p.m. First pitch for the remaining four games of the homestand is 1:08 p.m. The Opening Day giveaway will be a Miguel Cabrera 2013 Magnet Schedule for the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of Comerica Bank. On Saturday, April 6 the first 10,000 fans will receive an American League Championship Banner, courtesy of Pepsi. Sunday, April 7 is Kids Opening Day, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Care Network, with all kids 14-and-younger receiving an "Every Kid, Every Sunday" Miguel Cabrera MVP Mini-Bat.
SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 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.
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Be sure to get your Tigers tickets for the Opening Homestand and games
in 2013 at Comerica Park now! For single game ticket information call 866-66-TIGER. For season, group, parties and suites call 313-471-BALL (2255). For complete ticket information visit tigers.com/tickets.
OPENING DAY - PREGAME TIMETABLE
10:30:00 AM Gates open to Comerica Park
10:35 - 11: 25 Detroit Tigers Batting Practice
11:25 - 12:10 New York Yankees Batting Practice
12:35:00 2012 American League Champions Flag Raising
12:42:00 Introduction of the New York Yankees
12:47:00 Introduction of the Detroit Tigers
12:54:00 Military Recognition and Honor Guard Introduction - Michigan Joint Honor Guard,
featuring all five branches of the Armed Services
12:56:00 National Anthem - Motown Legends, The Four Tops
12:59:30 Ceremonial First Pitch
1968 World Series Champion and hometown hero Willie Horton will throw the
ceremonial first pitch and his teammate on the 1968 team and Tigers radio
broadcaster, Jim Price, will be catching the first pitch
1:01:30 Game Ball Delivery
Staff Sergeant Patrick Jefferson of the United States Air Force
1:06:00 Tigers Take the Field
1:08:00 Game Begins
*God Bless America will be performed by vocalist Amy Gould of the United States Army during the
middle of the 7th inning.