DETROIT – To recognize and honor the contributions of Latino players and coaches to the game of baseball, the Detroit Tigers are proud to host the 17th annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration, presented by Miller Lite, at Comerica Park on Friday, Aug. 19. The Tigers will host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:10 p.m., with tickets currently available at tigers.com/tickets.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the first 10,000 fans ages 21 and over will receive a ¡Fiesta Tigres! hat, courtesy of Miller Lite. To celebrate the rich contributions of Latinos to the game of baseball, the Comerica Park concourse will be decorated with banners saluting current Latino Tigers players, and flags representing the home countries of all Major League Baseball players of Latin American descent.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy music and dancing on the Comerica Park concourse that celebrates Latin American culture. Detroit minority-owned restaurant Shell Shock’d Tacos will be selling “Detroit’s finest tacos” all weekend long.
The Tigers will hold a pregame ceremony to honor the club’s current Latin American players and coaches, and celebrate Cuban native Barbaro Garbey, who played on the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship team, The parade of flags will be led by youth baseball players from Southwest Detroit.
“We’re excited to celebrate Fiesta Tigres with our fans, current and former players and coaches of Latin American descent, and Latinos throughout our community,” said Chris McGowan, President and CEO of Ilitch Sports + Entertainment. “We encourage fans to arrive at the ballpark early to enjoy the atmosphere and join us in honoring some of the legendary names and countries that are so engrained in Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball history.”
The festivities will begin with the 9th annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! Luncheon, presented by Miller Lite, a private event the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 19. Garbey and Pedro Sierra, a former Negro Leagues and Cuban-born player, will be the luncheon’s special guests.
For the first time, the ¡Fiesta Tigres! game will be broadcast in Spanish. Tigers Media Relations Bilingual Coordinator Carlos Guillen and broadcaster, journalist and writer Mari Motes will have the call on WSDS La Explosiva 1480 AM. The station’s general manager, Alex Resendez, will lead the in-park pregame announcements and player introductions in Spanish.