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Tigers Wives

During the 2014 season, the Tigers Wives will be participating in many volunteer ventures along with their usual charitable contributions. The Tigers Wives hope to reinforce the team's commitment to the greater Detroit community and encourage Tigers fans to step up to the plate and volunteer in their community.

For more details of the Detroit Tigers Wives community outreach, follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@tigers and #TigersWives).

2014 Detroit Tigers Wives "My Favorite Things" Broadcast Auction
Wives auction

Tigers Fans Support the Detroit Tigers Foundation by Bidding on "Favorite Things" by Tigers Wives

The Detroit Tigers and the Tigers Wives wish to thank everyone for supporting the Detroit Tigers, Fox Sports Detroit and tigers.com "My Favorite Things" Broadcast Auction.

As Tigers fans called to place their bids and make donations, they were greeted on the phone by Liz Ausmus wife of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, Kristina Avila, wife of Tigers catcher Alex Avila, Ashley Holaday, wife of Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday, Katrina Hunter, wife of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Carrie Kelly, wife of Tigers infielder/outfielder Don Kelly, Tess Kinsler, wife of Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler, Ana Sanchez, wife of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez

With a total of 14 coaches/player/broadcasters baskets, 1 PAWS basket and more than 100 donors through the generosity of many Tigers fans, the Detroit Tigers Foundation raised more than $32,500 to support the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, to enhance lives through the game of baseball.

  1. Brad Ausmus
  2. Alex Avila
  3. Miguel Cabrera
  4. Nick Castellanos
  5. Darnell Coles
  6. Bryan Holaday / Torii Hunter
  7. Don Kelly
  8. Ian Kinsler
  9. Joe Nathan
  10. David Price
  11. Anibal Sanchez
  12. Max Scherzer
  13. FSD Broadcasters
  14. PAWS Basket
BRAD AUSMUS: SURF'S UP

    Wives auction
  • Autographed jersey signed by Brad Ausmus*
  • Autographed baseball card (2000) signed by Brad Ausmus*
  • Autographed 2007 limited edition surfing Brad Ausmus bobblehead signed by Brad Ausmus*
  • Igloo cooler
  • Del Mar hybrid water bottles (2)
  • "Family Favorites" puzzle book
  • Tigers beach towel
  • MLB sunglasses
  • Bubble Gum Surf Wax candle, coconut scent
  • Sun Bum Face Stick, SPF 30

WINNING BID: $1,400
Scott M. from Novi, MI

ALEX AVILA: CASTING A LINE

    Wives auction
  • Clubhouse issued, player model bat, autographed by Alex Avila and authenticated by Major League Baseball*
  • Autographed game-used cleats signed by Alex Avila*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Alex Avila*
  • Yeti fishing cooler
  • Shakespeare fishing poles with reels (2)
  • Tilene XL smooth casting lines, 330 yards (2)
  • Shakespeare tackle bag
  • Rapala fisherman’s pliers and line scissors
  • Gulp fish bait/lures (5 packs)
  • South Blend scale and tape measure
  • Strike King fishing lures (2)
  • Gamakatsu hooks (3 packs)
  • Rapala fishing hooks (3)
  • Booyah Bait Co. bait/lures (2)
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream insulated bag
  • Hudsonville Ice Cream scoops (2)
  • Five coupons for free Hudsonville Ice Cream (1.75 QT)

WINNING BID: $3,000
Lynn T. from Toledo, OH
MIGUEL CABRERA - THE ESSENTIALS: COFFEE AND CIGARS

    Wives auction
  • Autographed bat signed by Miguel Cabrera*
  • Autographed 8x10” photo signed by Miguel Cabrera*
  • Autographed baseball card signed by Miguel Cabrera*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Miguel Cabrera*
  • Autographed Detroit Tigers coffee mug
  • Game-used batting gloves (2)*
  • $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card
  • Five Montecristo White Series cigars with torch lighter
  • Cigar humidor

WINNING BID: $4,650
Bernard B. from Michigan Center, MI
NICK CASTELLANOS: DINNER AND A MOVIE

    Wives auction
  • Autographed bat signed by Nick Castellanos*
  • Autographed batting gloves signed by Nick Castellanos (2)*
  • Autographed Tigers cap signed by Nick Castellanos*
  • $25 PF Chang's gift card
  • $25 iTunes gift card
  • Four Uptown Entertainment movie passes with concessions (valid at Detroit Ren Cen 4 and Birmingham 8)
  • Beats by Dre ear buds
  • Stir Crazy Popcorn maker
  • Pop Secret popcorn
  • Kernel Season's butter seasoning
  • Jack Link's beef jerky
  • Oreos
  • Lego figurine of Nick Castellanos
  • DVD – "Warrior" (rated PG-13)
  • DVD – "Rookie of the Year" (rated PG)
  • DVD – "The Natural" (unrated)

WINNING BID: $1,900
Val E. from Kalamazoo, MI
DARNELL COLES: FOOTBALL NIGHT!

    Wives auction
  • Autographed jerseys signed by Darnell Coles*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Darnell Coles*
  • Autograph 8x10" photograph of Darnell Coles as a Detroit Tigers player signed by Darnell Coles*
  • Darnell Coles bobblehead as manager of the AA Stars
  • $50 Kroger gift card
  • $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card
  • Uncommon by Tony Dungy
  • Nerf football
  • Seattle Seahawks socks and keychain
  • Chips and salsa
  • Paydays
  • Health Bars
  • Skittles
  • Mother's brand cookies
  • Toffee peanuts
  • Football chips and dip tray that plays the Monday Night Football theme song

WINNING BID: $700
Larry M. from St. Clair Shores, MI
BRYAN HOLADAY / TORII HUNTER - HITTING THE LINKS

    Wives auction
  • Autographed game-used catcher's chest protector signed by Bryan Holaday*
  • Autographed bat signed by Bryan Holaday*
  • Autographed wristband signed by Bryan Holaday*
  • Autographed jersey signed by Torii Hunter*
  • Autographed bat signed by Torii Hunter*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Torii Hunter*
  • Pro V1 golf balls (12)
  • Callaway wood tees (100)
  • Callaway golf towel
  • Mizuno golf bag

WINNING BID: $2,200
Chris G. from Central Lake, MI
DON KELLY - A ROARING TAILGATE

    Wives auction
  • Autographed game-used bat signed by Don Kelly*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Don Kelly*
  • Autographed authenticated 8x10” photo signed by Don Kelly*
  • Two tickets to the Detroit Lions game at Ford Field on November 9, 2014 when the Lions take on the Miami Dolphins (section 112, row 32, seats 11-12)
  • $50 Gift Card to Omaha Steaks
  • Beats Pill portable wireless speaker
  • Cooler
  • Cool Ranch Doritos
  • Mountain Dew
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

WINNING BID:$1,500
Huntley J. from Gainsville, FL
IAN KINSLER - FORE THE LOVE OF GOLF

    Wives auction
  • Autographed game-used batting gloves signed by Ian Kinsler*
  • Autographed game-used cleats signed by Ian Kinsler*
  • Autographed bat signed by Ian Kinsler*
  • Autographed 8x10" photo signed by Ian Kinsler*
  • Detroit Tigers golf bag
  • Detroit Tigers 3-pack golf club head covers
  • Detroit Tigers golf umbrella
  • Nike Juice+ golf balls (2 boxes)
  • Detroit Tigers divot tool
  • Pride Sports golf utility brush
  • Detroit Tigers 2 3/4 inch tees – 50 count
  • Detroit Tigers "D" golf towel
  • Nike Detroit Tigers hat

WINNING BID: $2,500
Victor M. from Dearborn, MI
JOE NATHAN: FUN AND GAMES!

    Wives auction
  • Autographed game-used cleats signed by Joe Nathan*
  • Autographed jersey signed by Joe Nathan*
  • Autographed 8x10" photo signed by Joe Nathan*
  • Jenga
  • Left-Center-Right Dice Game
  • Party Cube cooler
  • Detroit Tigers BBQ set
  • Poker chips set
  • Titleist golf balls (12)
  • Phiten necklace
  • DVD - "Rock Star"
  • Coors Light cozies (2)

WINNING BID: $1,000
Sean G. from Milan, MI
DAVID PRICE - ON THE PUTTING GREEN

    Wives auction
  • Autographed Titleist cap signed by David Price*
  • Autographed Bat Signed By David Price* with Cy Young '12 & four time All Star inscription
  • Autographed Baseball Signed By David Price* with Cy Young '12 & four time All Star inscription
  • Detroit Tigers golf ball mark and repair tool
  • Detroit Tigers zero friction performance tees
  • Titleist golf glove (left)
  • Z-Tech golf maintenance kit
  • Titleist Pro V1 golf balls (12)
  • Salt and Vinegar potato chips
  • Ghiradelli milk chocolate and caramel, Kit Kat, Resse's Peanut Butter Cups

WINNING BID: $1,100
Frank G. from Winter Garden, FL
ANIBAL SANCHEZ: GRILLING UP A GOOD TIME

    Wives auction
  • Autographed glove signed by Anibal Sanchez*
  • Autographed game-used cleats signed by Anibal Sanchez*
  • Autographed baseball signed by Anibal Sanchez*
  • DVD - "Anibal Sanchez 17 Strike Outs"
  • Charbroil charcoal grill
  • Chefmate grilling tool set
  • Threshold oven mitt
  • Threshold kitchen towel
  • Weber apron
  • Let'z Eet! BBQ sauce
  • Detroit Tigers party cups

WINNING BID: $2,600
Val E. from Kalamazoo, MI
MAX SCHERZER - BITTEN BY THE TRAVEL BUG

    Wives auction
  • Autographed 2014 All-Star Game American League jersey (American League) signed by Max Scherzer*
  • Autographed Rawlings glove signed by Max Scherzer*
  • Autographed Max Scherzer bobblehead signed by Max Scherzer*
  • Autographed 8x10" photo signed by Max Scherzer*
  • Autographed baseball card signed by Max Scherzer*
  • $100 Capital Grille gift card
  • $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card
  • PSVita portable game player
  • 2014 MLB video game for PSVita
  • Monster Superstar wireless speaker
  • iPod nano (16GB, Silver)
  • Lifeproof iPhone 4/4s (water proof/shock proof phone case, blue)
  • Newsweek: Special Ops magazine
  • Scuba Diving magazines - two
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell
  • The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World by Lonely Planet
  • Official 2014 All-Star Game duffel bag
  • Official 2014 All-Star Game luggage tags
  • Black travel pillow
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Cookie Dough Cliff Bar
  • Jack Link's Beef Jerky

WINNING BID: $3,800
Darlene R. from Southgate, MI
FSD BROADCASTERS
Fox Sports Detroit Broadcasters: Rod Allen, Mario Impemba, John Keating, Craig Monroe, Trevor Thompson and Mickey York

    Wives auction
  • Rod Allen: Titleist Golf Balls & tees, $50 Ace Hardware gift card
  • Mario Impemba: $50 Barnes and Noble gift card
  • Mickey York: $50 Dick O'Dow's (in Birmingham) gift card
  • Trevor Thompson: Sherwood, wooden hockey stick, Warrior athletic bag, Nike golf balls (12)
  • Craig Monroe: $30 golf gift card valid for Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Birmingham, $25 Granite City gift card
  • John Keating: Diet Mountain Dew, $75 iTunes gift card

WINNING BID: $500
John R. from Fowlerville, MI
PAWS BASKET

    Wives auction
  • The opportunity for your child to take PAWS to school*within 60 miles round-trip of Comerica Park. Additional mileage may be arranged. 2015 Detroit Tigers Kids Club Membership
  • 8"x10" Autographed photo signed by Miguel Cabrera
  • Autographed Max Scherzer Baseball
  • 4 Passes to TigerFest 2015
  • 4 Tickets to The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
  • 4 Tickets to The Detroit Zoo
  • PAWS Autographed photo
  • PAWS Bobblehead
  • Mini-Corvette
  • 4 Tickets to see Pinkalicious at the Fox Theatre
  • 4 Tickets to see the Fresh Beat Band at the Fox Theatre
  • 4 VIP Tickets to America's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • PAWS Stuffed Animal
  • PAWS Hat
  • PAWS Mask
  • PAWS Pop-Out Figurine
  • Tigers Parking Sign
  • Tigers Stationary Kit
  • Tigers Rally Towel

WINNING BID: $1,575
Robin P. from Royal Oak, MI
Tigers Wives Support International Tiger Conservation Day

As part of the Detroit Zoo's celebration of International Tiger Day, the Detroit Tigers Wives hosted a special tiger craft project and participated in animal enrichment and zookeeper talks at the tiger habitat. Joining the Detroit Tigers Wives, Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS, hid in various places inside the Zoo, with prizes and awarded them to the first visitors who found PAWS after completing a scavenger hunt. In addition, the Tigers Pennies for Paws campaign was set up at every retail and concession location throughout the Zoo, with donations benefitting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Without Borders Tigers Fund to support tiger conservation efforts.

 
Tigers Wives Visit Children's Center for Family Board Game Night

The Tigers Wives partnered with The Children's Center to host a Game Night for the children and families at The Children's Center. Game Night is an opportunity for children to play board games over a healthy meal, developing both social interaction and critical thinking skills under the guidance and support of adult volunteers.

The Tigers Wives provided educational board games for playtime, prizes, goodie bags, snacks and dinner for all of the children. Tigers Wives volunteered to run the event and man each game station, encouraging every child to get involved and provided a fun-filled atmosphere for the children and families.






Tigers Wives Mystery Grab Bag Sale

On 4th of July weekend, the Tigers Wives partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch charities, to raise money to support youth baseball and a special event the Tigers Wives are hosting at The Children's Center in Detroit. The Tigers Wives sold "grab bags" of autographed photos or baseballs - some grab bags had a special surprise, like 18 tickets to Torii Hunter's luxury suite at Comerica Park! Throughout the holiday weekend, the Mystery Grab Bag Sale raised more than $16,000 for the Detroit Tigers Foundation!




Feeding the Hungry in Detroit

The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Trucks make various stops throughout the city of Detroit, in the areas that demonstrate the most need. At each stop, the trucks provide food to the hungry and homeless. The Truck runs every day to serve those in need in Detroit. 12 Tigers Wives joined Salvation Army staff to prepare and serve meals from the Bed & Bread Trucks as they toured the city on their daily routes.




"In Vino Esperanza" to support Team Joseph

The Detroit Wine Organization and Team Joseph presented "In Vino Speranza," a charity wine tasting event at Lingenfelter Car Collection in Brighton. Featuring more than 150 unique cars, it is one of the largest private car collections in the nation.

Proceeds from the event benefitted Team Joseph, a charitable organization whose mission is to fund cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has been an advocate for Team Joseph since meeting Joseph Penrod in 2011.

Given the Tigers game schedule, Porcello is not able to participate in the event. However, he was excited to have the support of many Tigers Wives, who also had a chance to meet and chat with the organization's adorable namesake, Joseph!

Making Detroit a Greener Place

The Greening of Detroit has served as a leader of neighborhood green space development for over two decades, creating sustainable, clean and green environments in Detroit's neighborhoods to benefit those who live, work, and have businesses in Detroit. The Green of Detroit inspires sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training, and job opportunities.

While Detroit was originally designed with tree-lined streets, the city has lost almost 500,000 trees on public and private property since the 1950s. The restoration of a tree canopy along Detroit's streets and in parks, school yards and open spaces is the key objective of The Greening of Detroit. The organization works to achieve this goal through the combined efforts of the City of Detroit and community members.

The Tigers Wives joined The Greening of Detroit for a morning of planting trees on the east side of Detroit.




Tigers Wives Race for the Cure

The Tigers Wives along with the Detroit Tigers front office staff and family and friends created a walking/running team to participate in the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure 5K walk/run at Chene Park to raise awareness and funds to support the Komen Detroit. After participating in the walk/run, the Tigers Wives and the Detroit Tigers Race for the Cure Team presented the Tigers Wives "Rookie of the Year Award" to the largest new team at the Race for the Cure. The winning team received complimentary tickets to an upcoming Tigers game!




Baseball for all!

The Tigers Wives (and a few dauguters!) joined Channel 955's Time Team Detroit and Shannon from the Mojo in the Morning show to spend the morning volunteering with the Miracle League of Michigan. The Miracle League is an organized youth baseball league serving children with physical and cognitive challenges. To ensure success for each of its players, the Miracle League uses the "buddy" system - pairing each player with an able bodied friend to assist them on and off the field during a two inning game. Tigers Wives and other volunteers serve as "buddies" for the Miracle League, helping each child enjoy their experience on the ball field. Smiles could be seen on each child's face as they all crossed home plate that morning!

"Fore" Helping kids, no matter the need

Tigers Wives volunteered at the Kovan Golf Outing to benefit Variety, the Children's Charity. The funds raised at the golf outing support Variety's many programs to simply help children, no matter the need. Tigers Wives were found on the green and at the luncheon, selling raffle tickets for a variety of prizes.