TIGERS HOME OPENER IS 17TH SEASON AT COMERICA PARK FRIDAY AGAINST YANKEES
Home Opener Features First Pitch by 1984 World Series Champion Kirk Gibson and National Anthem Performance by Brass Ensemble from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles
Baseball returns to Detroit on Friday, April 8 as the Tigers begin their 2016 campaign at Comerica Park. The five-game homestand will feature the New York Yankees from April 8 through April 10 and the Pittsburgh Pirates, April 11 and 12. First pitch for all games is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. with the exception of Sunday’s National broadcast, Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN that will start at 8:10 p.m.Friday, April 8 vs New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m. Gates Open at 11:00 a.m.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by 1984 World Series Champion Kirk Gibson.
- The national anthem will be performed by a Brass Ensemble from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles. The young musicians are part of the DSO’s Wu Family Academy, Michigan’s premier classical music training program. Each week hundreds of metro Detroit students gather at the Max M. Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center to rehearse with the area’s most distinguished teachers, work with DSO musicians and perform on historic Orchestra Hall stage.
- Honor Guard Introduction: The United States Air Force Honor Guard features the flags of all five branches of The United States Armed Forces.
- Military Flyover: Two A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” aircraft from the 107th Fighter Squadron and part of the 127th Wing located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI. The 107th just recently returned from a six month Deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in which over 300 Michigan Airmen deployed and all returned safely.
- 300-foot American flag will be unfurled on-field; held by volunteers from the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.
- The game ball will be delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Justin Tyree of the United States Air Force, from Rochester, MI. Lieutenant Colonel Tyree is the Commander of the 339th Recruiting Squadron and is responsible for active duty Air Force recruiting for the entire state of Michigan. His career has consisted of Space Operations and acquisitions, working on the nation’s most important strategic assets. He has deployed to Iraq where he was in charge of 43 building projects to improve the everyday life for the Iraqi population. Lieutenant Colonel Tyree has proudly served the United States Air Force for 21 years.
- God Bless America will be performed by SFC Andrew Schwallier of the 126 Army Band during the 7th inning stretch. Flyover pilots and ground support will be introduced at that time.
Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Raffle: The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season at all Friday and Saturday home games. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is the Detroit Sports Commission. The Commission is a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau dedicated to enhancing the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur sports events. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $1.1 million for charity.
- Tartersauce, a traditional jazz trio, will be performing at Gate A from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.