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Detroit Tigers to stop at Miller on winter tour

Jan. 15, 2009

KALAMAZOO—The Detroit Tigers will visit Kalamazoo during a presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. for this free public rally, which is part of the 2009 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan. The event will feature a variety of Tigers players and coaches who will take the stage to discuss the team's 2008 season as well as its prospects for the coming year.

The Winter Caravan's Kalamazoo stop is being organized by the WMU Alumni Association. No tickets or reservations are required to attend the event, as most seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, anyone who registers by Wednesday, Jan. 21, will be entered in a drawing for items autographed by Tigers personnel. As a commemorative gift from the ball club, the first 600 people through the door will receive FSN Detroit Photocards.

The WMU Alumni Association has planned two activities prior to the Tigers taking the stage.

Between 4:45 and 5:30 p.m., children attending the event may have their pictures taken with members of the University's baseball team and Buster Bronco, the University's mascot. This will be followed by a 30-minute program, during which WMU President John M. Dunn and other University dignitaries will make brief welcoming remarks and student performers will entertain the audience.

Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson will serve as emcee for the evening. Although subject to change, the players and other Tigers personnel scheduled to appear in Kalamazoo are:

  • Players--Kyle Bloom, pitcher; Eddie Bonine, pitcher; Brent Clevlen, outfielder; Freddy Dolsi, pitcher; Armando Galarraga, pitcher; Brandon Inge, infielder; Gerald Laird, catcher; Chris Lambert, pitcher; Jeff Larish, infielder; Wilkin Ramirez, outfielder; Bobby Seay, pitcher; and Casper Wells, pitcher.
  • Front office and coaching staff--Al Avila, assistant general manager; Rafael Belliard, coach; Jeff Jones, coach; and Andy Van Slyke, coach.

The WMU Alumni Association also played host to the winter caravan in January 2005 and 2007. David Dombrowski, a 1979 WMU graduate, is the Tigers' president, chief executive officer and general manager.

For more information or to register for the memorabilia drawing, visit the WMU Alumni Association Events Calendar online or contact the association at alumni@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8777.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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