TigerFest at Comerica Park

How many of you had a chance to go to TigerFest on Saturday? I was indoors in the media area for most of the time (wimpy, I know), but I ventured down to the concourse quite a few times since MLB.com had a booth down there. It was cold, no doubt — really cold when the event first started — but once the sun was up over the stands and there was a good crowd inside, it didn’t feel too bad. I thought they did a pretty good of using the space they had to put a lot of activities inside, though I can imagine it must’ve been tough to try to figure out who was signing autographs where. If any of you were there, what did you think of having it at the CoPa?


My family really enjoyed the event at CoPa. We especially liked the fact that the ST holders got to enter early it was a nice way to say thank you for all the years we belived in the team. My 5 year old son had his picture taken with Sheffield by your people while he was signing his jersey. WOW! Made the day!! We are hoping you and your staff post all the pics you took durig the event. Go Tigers

I had a great time. The cold didn’t bother me but the flow for getting autographs was a lot better at the Joe.Sometime it was hard to find the end of the line, maybe they should have a worker in orange at the end of each line. Autograph C was hard to get to and they kept stoping the line for graphs. Other then that the players were great to the fans.One of the exhibits was a Tiger Museum – we need a permament one at the stadium only larger. Most of the new stadiums have really nice museums.

Edward Campusano seems to have extremely good control and looked like he wa being groomed for short relief:

“Former Chiefs Closer Ed Campusano Selected by Milwaukee in Rule 5 Draft, Traded to Detroit

December 3, 2006 – Ed Campusano, the Chiefs All-Star closer for the first half of 2006, was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday after being left off the Cubs 40-man roster.Later in the day he was traded to the AL Champion Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. If he is not on the Tigers 25 man roster all season, he will be offered back to the Cubs.

Campusano was 0-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 26 appearances in 2006 with 21 saves in 22 opportunities. In 29 2/3 innings the left hander struck out 47 and walked nine. He was promoted to AA West Tenn after the All-Star Game and pitched for the Diamond Jaxx until injuring his arm in August. With the AA squad, Campusano was 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA and four saves in 18 appearances. In 25 2/3 innings in AA he struck out 34 and walked just eight.

The way the Rule 5 draft works is as follows: Any player who has played professional baseball for more than three years (or more than four years if signed at the age of 18 or younger) is eligible for the draft unless he is protected on the Major League 40-man roster. If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, the player must be kept on the new team’s 25-man Major League roster for the entire season and he may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The player may be waived at any time but if he clears waivers he must be offered back to the original team. Each draftee costs $50,000 and if the draftee does not stay on the new team all season, the player must be offered back to the original team at half-price.

The Cubs lost two other players in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft as RHP Lincoln Holdzcom was selected by Houston and IF Jason Smith was picked by Toronto. The Cubs used their first round pick on Tampa Bay OF Josh Hamilton and then sold Hamilton to Cincinnati. In the AAA portion of the draft, Chicago selected RHP James Henderson from Washington. Henderson does not have to be on Chicago’s 25-man roster since he was chosen in the Minor League phase.

No other former Chiefs were selected during Thursday’s draft which comes on the final day of the 2006 Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL. Among the big names who have been Rule 5 draft choices over the last few seasons are Johan Santana of Minnesota, Dan Uggla of Florida Derrick Turnbow of Milwaukee and Jay Gibbons of Baltimore. The only Hall of Famer ever selected in the Rule 5 draft was Roberto Clemente who was chosen by Pittsburgh away from Brooklyn in 1954.”

I enjoyed TigerFest at Comerica Park this year. I did see you guys from Tigers.com over at your booth as I wandered over in that area of the park. The lines for Autographs on the concourse and pictures on the Service Level were a little long, but moved all right once you got closer to whoever was signing or posing for pictures. I just stuck around Autograph Areas D and E.

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