As part of the Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, Pitcher Anibal Sanchez and former MLB Shortstop Omar Vizquel (who will serve as the Tigers First-Base, Infield, and Baserunning coach this year) appeared at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, MI on Thursday to pose for photos with fans.
The visit served a dual purpose, much like the other events the Winter Caravan is hosting throughout Michigan. Fans were able to participate in a meet and greet while helping the local community by making a donation of canned goods to support The Salvation Army's efforts in providing food to those in need.
To express their thanks for the outpouring of support, fans received free photos with the two Tigers team members. While shorter than the projected one hour due to their full schedule, the thirty minute event generated an excess of over 550 cans from fans, in addition to four boxes donated by Joe Kool's Sports Bar and Grill, according to a representative for The Salvation Army.
The activities going on around the state leading up to the TigerFest event at Comerica Park on Jan. 25 mark the start of preparing fans for another amazing baseball season as well as looking forward to warmer weather. However, these events also demonstrate just how important giving back to the community is to the Detroit Tigers.
As enjoyable as the 2014 Winter Caravan has been so far and is yet to be, it is only a glimpse of the spectacular season Tigers fans, and baseball fans everywhere, are in for. So hold to your hats, gloves and coats ladies and gentlemen; winter is coming to an end. Brighter and warmer days are just around the corner and another year of amazing memories is about to begin.