Reason #1 to go to TigerFest: You never know who you will see.
One of the most exciting things about TigerFest is seeing the players. As you wander around Comerica Park, players often show up out of nowhere. They appear in the clubhouse and in the dugout. They show up in the social media spaces and they perform on the kid’s stage.
As fans were waiting outside of Comerica Park, Justin Verlander made an appearance and started to high-five fans. One lucky little guy got to have a selfie with JV and later in the day, he and his mother showed up on Verlander’s Instagram feed.
I was in line with Korry Buxton and his mom when Verlander posted this picture on Instagram. Her phone was blowing up with messages from friends and family. The nine-year-old catcher did not quite grasp the moment, but his mom sure did and together they will always have that memory.
In 2016, my son and I were waiting in a line near the Tigers clubhouse when Miguel Cabrera walked right by. Miggy stopped for a moment to give my son a high five. He will never forget that moment.
Another fan that I spoke with at TigerFest was in the clubhouse when Miggy showed up. They all sat on one of the couches and took a photo together. If you don’t go to TigerFest, you won’t have those opportunities.
Along with seeing favorite players, TigerFest has other special guests. The Pizza-Pizza guy from Little Caesars was there, as well as the mascot from the University of Detroit Mercy. The minor league mascots were also there, so fans could take pictures with C. Wolf from the Erie Seawolves and with Muddy and Mudonna from the Toledo Mud Hens. Of course, Paws was in attendance and the ever-popular Motor City Wheels were there for photo opportunities, too.