For the second year in a row, transplanted Tigers fans currently serving the United States Armed Forces can enjoy this season's Opening Day celebration while on duty, home or abroad. "Operation Opening Day," a three-hour DVD containing the entire FOX Sports Detroit telecast of the Tigers 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on April 9, as well as pre-game festivities and postgame interviews and highlights, is available for all active members of the military. The "Operation Opening Day" DVD is a gift from Mario Impemba, play-by-play announcer on FOX Sports Detroit, in cooperation with the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.
"Many of the men and women in our military are Michigan natives and Tigers fans. While they are away serving our country, attending Opening Day in Detroit is not possible. To thank them for their service, I am honored to bring Opening Day to them," Impemba said. "It is one of our city's greatest events, and I hope having a small piece of home will let them know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice."
Troops, as well as family and friends of troops, can request this special gift at tigers.com/operationopeningday. Once at the web site, complete the form with a valid military address - APO, SPO or FPO address, military base or ship address. "Operation Opening Day" will be mailed solely to valid military addresses as the gift is intended for the men and women currently serving our country. Quantities are limited and requests will be fulfilled as received.
"Operation Opening Day" is part of the Detroit Tigers year-round support of troops and veterans. Each year, the Detroit Tigers hold a special game to honor and recognize the sacrifice of the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces and those that have served before them. The Detroit Tigers also visit veterans at the Department of Veteran's Affairs Detroit Medical Center throughout the season.