They're words that, every spring, inevitably follow "pitchers and catchers report," almost a rite of spring in their own right.
The words are: Single-game tickets are now on sale.
If the prospect of spring training is getting you geeked for the start of the season, than you'll probably want to head down to the Comerica Park box office (or to participating Meijer stores) on Saturday or log onto DetroitTigers.com, and start picking out tickets for the upcoming season.
That's especially true if you want a ticket to the home opener vs. the Kansas City Royals on Friday, April 8.
In fact, if you want to assure that you'll get your tickets to Opening Day, you might want to head to Comerica on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. While tickets don't officially go on sale until 10 a.m. Saturday, the Tigers — in an effort to keep people from lining up overnight — will be giving out 500 wristbands to fans who come to the box office on Friday. Those 500 fans with wristbands will be first in line Saturday morning, when the box office opens.
Fans will be limited to four Opening Day tickets per person.
Some other key dates to consider (and why):
• April 9 — Miguel Cabrera Magnet Schedule day
• April 22 — Austin Jackson figurine giveaway, modeled on his catch from June 2, 2010
• May 3 — Detroit Tigers Fleece Scarf day (maybe this should have been scheduled earlier)
• May 23 — Detroit Tigers Salsa Bowl day (which is different from Detroit Tigers salsa dancing day — that's usually in the offseason)
• June 12 — Max Scherzer Bobblehead day (wonder if the bobblehead will have varicolored eyes, like the real Max does?)
• Aug. 21 — Victor Martinez Back to School Backpack day (just because it's a really long name)
• Sept. 3 — "Going, Going, GREEN!" Tigers Hat day (is that because there's no game on March 17?)
• Sept. 10 — Detroit Tigers Star Wars Night Acrylic Tumbler (do you really need any more reason than that?)
April 22-24 — Chicago White Sox (first home series)
May 2-5 — New York Yankees
May 26-29 — Boston Red Sox
May 30-June 1 — Minnesota Twins (first home series)
June 24-26 — Arizona Diamondbacks (and manager Kirk Gibson)
July 1-3 — Defending World Champion San Francisco Giants
July 15-17 — Chicago White Sox
Sept. 22-28 — final home stand, vs. Baltimore (4) and Cleveland (3)
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