For the fifth consecutive year, transplanted Detroit Tigers fans currently serving in the United States Armed Forces can enjoy this season's home opener in the form of 'Operation Opening Day' -- a four-hour DVD containing FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers 8-3 victory over the New York Yankees on April 5 at Comerica Park.
'Operation Opening Day' is a gift from FOX Sports Detroit play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba, in cooperation with the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities and Major League Baseball Productions. Available to all active members of the military, the DVD contains pregame festivities, the entire game telecast and postgame interviews.
"Opening Day in Detroit is our annual holiday that brings our city together, something so many of the men and women in our Armed Forces do not have a chance to experience in person," said Impemba. "While they are away serving our country, I am honored to bring Opening Day to them and hope this small piece of home lets them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice."
Troops, as well as family and friends of troops, can request this special gift at Tigers.com/operationopeningday. Orders must include a valid military address (APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address) so the DVD gift can be mailed directly to the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.
'Operation Opening Day' is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of troops and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. Through the Detroit Tigers Armed Forces Game Ball Delivery program, the Detroit Tigers recognize a service member who has recently returned from deployment or home on leave during a tour of duty prior to most home games. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.