DETROIT - Even before the sun came up over Comerica Park on Monday, baseball fans were setting up their tailgates for Game 3 of the ALDS.
"This is a tradition for us," said Dave Musyj. "We've been so lucky to be in the playoffs three years in a row. Going to playoff games has become an annual thing for us."
Dave is from Windsor, Ontario and says the Blue Jays have nothing on the Tigers.
"We live 20 minutes away from Detroit, the Tigers are our team," he said.
Dave's son and his friend had their own mitts out, playing catch while Dad and his friends set up the tent and prepared the food before the first pitch.
The group was disappointed with the Game 2 loss and say if the Tigers don't want to go back to the West Coast, they need to fire up the bats.
"We are very superstitious," said Musyj. "We always sit above the Tigers bullpen but because this is a low scoring series I say today's game ends with a 6-3 Tigers win."
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If you're headed downtown and need a new Tigers jacket or t-shirt, the doors to The"D" Shop opened at 8 a.m.
The gates to the park open at 10:30 a.m. and inside fans will have plenty to check out:
- All fans will receive a Detroit Tigers Rally Towel, courtesy of BallPark & Meijer.
- There will be a moment of silence for 1968 World Champion, Gates Brown prior to the game.
- First Pitch: The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by former Tigers All-Star, Carlos Guillen.
- National Anthem: The national anthem will be performed by Detroit natives Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott of the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Their new album The Speed of Things will be released on Tuesday, October 8.
- Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Michael T. McNichol of the Michigan Army National Guard from Mt Pleasant, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant McNichol recently returned from his first deployment in Afghanistan where he earned the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star with Distinguishing Devise "V", Army Achievement Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. Sergeant McNichol has proudly served the Michigan Army National Guard since 2009.
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