By Carsten Strand
Wayne State students flocked to Comerica Park Tuesday night to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals for “Wayne State Night.”
Wayne State Night included a special ticket package for WSU Students with seats mostly along the first base line, a special Wayne State themed Tigers hat and a $5 donation to the WSU HIGH program that helps students who are struggling financially.
Tickets were sold out by game time.
From the moment the gates opened, Comerica Park was filled with Warrior pride and an atmosphere that only WSU could provide. The concourse was filled with Tigers and Wayne State faithful, along with the smell of popcorn and hot dogs that so fittingly accompany a ballgame. The Wayne State Cheer Squad added entertainment and flair that fit right in with the ballpark atmosphere.
The Cheer Squad performed various routines and dances before the game on the field along with the Warrior drumline. The Cheer Squad made a quick return to the field during the seventh inning stretch to dance along to the classic, “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.”
“Performing here at Comerica Park really gives us [the cheer squad] a chance to be in front of a large crowd and prepare for nationals, and it’s fun to represent our school for all these people,” said freshman Jerry Frazier.
To kick off this popular event, President M. Roy Wilson fulfilled another sacred baseball tradition by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Detroit catcher Bryan Holaday. W, the Wayne State mascot and Paws, the Tigers mascot, joined him on the field along with several members of the Wayne State Board of Governors.
“It was a strike,” said President Wilson afterward. “I was just disappointed that they wouldn’t let me throw from the mound because of the rain before the game.”
The stands were full of green, gold and orange for the duration of the game as Wayne State students, alumni and faculty all basked in America's National Pastime.
For Lawrence Latouf, baseball is a family and communal experience. Latouf, a sophomore at WSU, attended the game with his sister, a Wayne State senior, and his Father, a Wayne State alumnus.
“I’m passionate about my school, my team and my city,” said Latouf. “Tonight, I get to represent and cheer for all three.”
The Tigers put on a superb performance for the hometown fans and the WSU students in attendance, defeating the Royals, 13-2.
Photos by Carsten Strand.