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Chet Lemon to throw ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day

The Tigers celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 World Champions as Chet Lemon kicks off pregame festivities on Opening Day.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Fan favorite Chet Lemon, long-time Detroit Tigers outfielder and core member of the last Tigers team to win a World Championship, headlines Monday's Opening Day festivities at Comerica Park.

Lemon spent 1982 to 1990 patrolling center field at Tiger Stadium. His throwing of the ceremonial first pitch kicks off the Tigers' 30th anniversary celebration of the 1984 World Series championship team.

Also on tap for Opening Day:

  • Air Force Master Sergeant Michael Miller from Shelby Township will deliver the game ball.
  • Brian McKnight performs the national anthem.
  • The Tigers will hoist a commemorative flag in honor of the team winning it's third consecutive Central division title.
  • The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a Tigers rally towel.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:08 P.M., Justin Verlander taking the mound to face the Kansas City Royals. Gates open at 10:30 A.M.