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Opening day a home run at Fox Run

Detroit Tigers fans celebrate ballpark style

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May 22nd, 2012

Nothing says spring like opening day of your home team s baseball season. Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., is home to many Detroit Tigers fans, so opening day is always a cause for celebration among those who live there. This year, the community s Hot Stove League, a group of about 25 baseball enthusiasts, organized a day of festivities for their neighbors to kick off the Tigers 2012 season. Tom Maxwell, a member of the Hot Stove League who helped organize the day s events, says more than 200 residents and staff members showed up to join in the fun. Naturally, the festive gathering began with a sing-along of the Star Spangled Banner.

Good times, good cause

Tom says he and the other Hot Stove League members had collected Tigers gear and other sports memorabilia, which they raffled off before the game. Raffle prizes included a baseball signed by former Tigers right fielder Al Kaline and an audio book by late sportscaster Ernie Harwell, who lived at Fox Run. Tom says residents had a good time with the raffle, and in total the Hot Stove League raised almost $500. The proceeds were donated to Fox Run s campus charity.

Ballpark buzz right at home

A student jazz band from a nearby school performed live music, a highlight of the celebration, Tom says. Of course, no baseball-themed party is complete without ballpark concessions. In keeping with the spirit of the day, Tom says Fox Run s dining services team prepared a lunch of hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jack, and ice cream. If you wanted a bottle of beer, you could buy that. The whole intent was to make it a ballpark environment, Tom says. Everybody really enjoyed it and had fun.

Former baseball player still has the knack

Before the first pitch was thrown at Comerica Park, Fox Run residents enjoyed a little live action of their own. Resident Allen Davis, who also belongs to the Hot Stove League, threw a first pitch to Fred Moschetta, Fox Run s sales director. Allen is no stranger to throwing a baseball. He played the game when he was younger and says he even had a tryout with the New York Giants, the baseball team that is now the San Francisco Giants. After the festivities and lunch, residents and staff turned their attention to the big screen TV in the community s clubhouse, where the Tigers home opener against the Boston Red Sox was aired. It was a terrific event. I ve never seen more people happy in one little area, Allen says. Of course, the Tigers won that day, which made it even better.