April 4th, 2012

Al Kaline to throw out Opening Day first pitch

So maybe Prince Fielder will get the second-biggest ovation at Comerica Park on Opening Day.

The Tigers have had some pretty big celebrities and politicans throw out ceremonial first pitches on Opening Day in years past. This year, they’re going to use the occasion to honor Mr. Tiger, Al Kaline, as he begins his sixth decade with the team.

Staff Sergeant Matthew Marentette of the U.S. Air Force will deliver the game ball to the mound before the game. A military flyover will feature the 107th Fighter Squadron “Red Devils” flying the A-10C Warthog from Selfridge Air National Guard base. American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart will perform the anthem.

In addition, the Tigers will raise the flag celebrating their 2011 AL Central championship. It’s the first division title flag they’ve had the honor of raising at Comerica Park.

For those heading to the game tomorrow morning, gates open at 10:30am.