DETROIT -- On a day Major League Baseball recognized veterans and service members as part of Memorial Day festivities, the Tigers not only recognized them, they stood with them.
As veterans and active members of the various armed services lined the infield before a sellout crowd at Comerica Park, players and coaches from the Tigers and Pirates were alongside them, thanking them for their service and standing for the national anthem. It was a simple gesture during pregame ceremonies.
Players and coaches were dressed in special uniforms for the occasion, with a camouflage design on the hats and camouflage colors filling in letters and numbers on their uniforms. The jerseys are being sold online, with all net proceeds donated to the Welcome Back Veterans program.
First Lieutenant Robert McLean of the Michigan Air National Guard delivered the game ball to the mound beforehand. Staff Sergeant Amy Gould of the 126 Army Band of the Michigan Army National Guard performed the anthem.
The Tigers donated 1,500 tickets to local members and veterans of the Armed Forces to attend the game with their families.