GUEST POST: Detroit Tigers Opening Day

>Guest post by Petty Officer 1st Class John Masson

The chill winds of April didn’t cool the spirits of more than 45,000 Detroit Tigers fans who turned out at Comerica Park in Detroit, April 9, 2010, to watch their Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians on Opening Day.

They also got to see representatives of all five branches of the military, including Petty Officer 2nd Class Joyce M. Lambton of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, throw out the first pitches. Michigan native and noted Tigers fan, actor/comedian Tim Allen also participated in the ceremonial first-pitch ceremony. A military flyover helped set the mood.

(From left: Comedian/Actor Tim Allen, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Joyce M. Lambton, and members of the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines participate in the ceremonial first pitch during the Detroit Tigers home opener, April 9, 2010. Photo by Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)

“My experience was completely amazing,” said Lambton.

Lambton felt honored to be chosen to represent the Coast Guard during Opening Day ceremonies. Interacting with the other services, and meeting Tim Allen and members of the Detroit Tigers was an experience she will always treasure, said Lambton.

And while the weather never really warmed up, the game-time temperature hovered around 36 degrees and only climbed four degrees or so during the course of the game, Lambton and the rest of the crowd got to see a hot Tigers squad defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-2.