Seger takes Michigan pride to Series

Seger takes Michigan pride to Series

DETROIT -- Bob Seger, Detroit native and proud Tigers fan, is fired up.

He sounds much like your typical baseball fan when talking about the Tigers' run through the 2006 regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs. He's giddy, he's excited, he's completely stunned by his hometown team's turnaround in the last couple of years.

When it comes from a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, however, the gushing enthusiasm carries some weight.

"It's such a miracle story," Seger said. "Words can't explain how happy we are the for the team and the fans and the city. It's incredible to watch."

Seger will be right in the thick of the festivities on Saturday, prior to Game 1 of the World Series at Comerica Park. The 61-year-old music legend will perform "America the Beautiful" after agreeing just recently to participate in the pregame hooplah.

"They called a couple of weeks ago, and like everyone else in the area, we're just caught up in the tidal wave of Tigermania," Seger said.

Seger will be accompanied by his wife, Lita, 13-year-old son, Cole, and 11-year-old daughter, Samantha. According to Seger, the family will sit in the Commissioner's Box on the field level.

"It's going to be fun," Seger said.

Seger has been a Michigan man from Day 1. He was born at Henry Ford hospital and raised in Dearborn until he was 6, when his family moved to Ann Arbor. He and his family currently live in Orchard Lake, a Detroit suburb around 25 miles northwest of the city.

Seger hasn't been visible at Tigers games in the last few years, and he sheepishly admitted he had not attended a game at Comerica Park. That's mostly due to his hectic schedule -- he recently released his first studio album in 11 years, Face the Promise. The album, which debuted last month at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart, features 11 Seger originals, including duets with Patty Loveless and Michigan native Kid Rock.

Seger laughed off the notion of feeling any nerves prior to his Comerica Park debut, but he'll probably be a little on edge once the first pitch is thrown and the World Series finally gets under way.

"It's a tremendous story," Seger said. "Everyone's rooting for the Tigers. I can't wait to be there, to watch a World Series game in the city of Detroit."

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.