OPENING DAY 2009
Friday, April 10 Rangers @ 1:05 p.m.
The Detroit Tigers will honor the life and career of George Kell during an on-field, pregame ceremony at 12:35 p.m. Kell, who was a third baseman, played for the Tigers from 1946-52 and also was a Tigers broadcaster from 1959-63 and 1965-1996. Kell passed away on March 24.
In addition, 2009 Opening Day will also feature traditional events such as the National Anthem, a Military Flyover and Ceremonial First Pitches. The National Anthem will be performed by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and will be followed by a Military Flyover showcasing four F-15C Aircrafts from the 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base.
There will also be three Ceremonial First Pitches which will take on special meaning as the resiliency of Michiganders is highlighted. Detroit Native Kid Rock will show his support for Detroit and the Big Three automakers as he delivers the Ceremonial First Pitch Baseballs to Loretta Abiodun, David Edgar and Pete Reyes.
Abiodun, who is representing General Motors, has worked for the company 35 years and currently works at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant in the Quality/Communications department.
Edgar, who is representing Chrysler, has worked for the company 34 years and currently works at the Warren Stamping Plant as a Sheet Metal Worker.
Reyes, who is representing Ford, has worked for the company 22 years and currently works at the Product Development Center in Dearborn as the Chief Engineer of the all new Taurus. Eli Bayless