07/25/08 7:43 PM ET
Ordonez serves coffee for charity
Third annual Barista Day raises money for Tigers Foundation
By Scott McNeish / MLB.com
Along with team mascot Paws, the six-time All-Star and his wife donned the trademark green apron and handed drinks to approximately 500 giddy Tigers fans. The Starbucks, located off Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, will donate one dollar to the foundation for every drink sold during the hour Ordonez worked.
The donation will support youth baseball and softball in metro Detroit.
"We have a strong belief in the need to invest in our community's future, and we're pleased that Starbucks shares the same goal," said Jordan Field, manager of the Detroit Tigers Foundation. "Supporting youth baseball and softball is an important part of our foundation's goals."
Ordonez became the fourth current Tiger to participate in Barista Day. He joins Brandon Inge, Carlos Guillen and Placido Polanco.
Fans sporting Tigers apparel and Ordonez jerseys made a line from the Starbucks' entrance to the end of the strip mall 100 yards away. They chanted, "Mag-li-o! Mag-li-o!" and roared when Paws came outside to take photos. Once inside, customers gave orders to regular Starbucks workers wearing Tigers caps and, meanwhile, snapped pictures of Ordonez with camera phones. The Detroit slugger posed for pictures with the customers after handing them their espressos or cappuccinos.
Field predicted the event would net at least $10,000 for charity -- the amount collected each of the previous two years.
In addition, Field said Starbucks donates $100 to the foundation for every base stolen by the Tigers during the season. They have swiped 38 bags thus far. Starbucks will present the Tigers Foundation with a check for the total amount during a pregame ceremony later this season.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation is the official charity of the Tigers. The foundation aims to enhance lives through the game of baseball with a focus on youth, education and recreation.
Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.