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Thursday, 24 April, 2008 5:58 PM

The Detroit Tigers Predict Another Winning Season

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland; Detroit Tigers President, CEO & GM Dave Dombrowski; Presiding Officer Michael Duggan; Detroit Economic Club President & CEO Beth Chappell.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers held its annual meeting at the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday inside Cobo Center. Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance. The entire team was there from the players to the coaches to the manager to the president and general manager. Although the Tigers started off their season 0-6, they say sports fans will be happy come September.

Detroit Tigers President, CEO and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said before the All-Star Game took place, The Tigers attendance at Comerica Park was about 1.3 million people. In 2008, he projects attendance to jump to 3.1 million fans.

Dombrowski said that he's seen Tigers merchandise everywhere as he travels. He said that Tigers merchandise is second in sales behind the New York Yankees. During Spring Training, the Tigers set attendance records in Lakeland, Florida and when they played on the road.

"The support that we have within this community at this point and the tie that is here is fantastic," he said. "When you look back a few years ago, we just reflect, we had 7,300 full season tickets. This year, we have 27,300. The support and the growth has just been unbelieveable.

"One thing I think you will find with this ballclub...Not only is it a talented group with a lot of good players and fun to watch. I think you'll enjoy coming out and watch them play on a daily basis under the leadership that Jim's coaching staff which I think is outstanding. But they're a tough bunch."

When speaking about Tigers Owner Mike Illitch, Dombrowski said: "When it comes down to trying to win, and do anything a little more to try to win, he will do it. That is a unique situation in sports."

Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said that his team is one of the most cooperative he's ever had. He tells fans: "Don't get too nervous. We're good. This game is about team. It's about teammates. And we have all that. There's no doubt in my mind that this team will come around. Like I said, it's about competing, toughness. I think we have all those ingredients. We don't always do it right but we try hard. The coaching staff that works with me is second to none. I don't think you're gonna be disappointed.

"Before this is all said and done, I think you'll go away with a smile on your face. I really believe that. It's not gonna be easy. We're targeted. We got a big bulls-eye on our back. I kinda like that. I think that's a compliment for your organization. This is a very excellent team with an excellent group of players competing. I love Detroit. It's a great place. There's no question about it."

Sparky Anderson once said he didn't have a feel for his team until the first 40 games. Current Tigers Manager Jim Leyland uses a different approach.

"I think I have a real good feel for this team," Leyland said. "I think it's an excellent team that's gotten off to a slow start. I think it's very capable to have an outstanding season. When you make some changes and you have some different personalities come in, it may take some time to mesh that all together. No, the talent on this team. Forty games means nothing to me. I think I know quite about this club right now."

Michael Duggan, President and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, was also the presiding officer at the meeting. "The offseason before the 2006 championship season is remembered as a great one for Dave Dombrowski and the bold moves that he made," Duggan said. "Signing Kenny Rogers, hiring Jim Leyland."

Tigers broadcasters Jim Price and Dan Dickerson were masters of cermonies. "I can't remember a more highly anticipated season than this one," Dickerson said. "After that trade in December for Dontrelle Willis and a guy named Miguel Cabrera, it just seemed to put Tiger fans over the top. As Mike mentioned, the start maybe isn't quite what we were expecting, Carlos Guillen has reminded us over and over. 'It's how you finish that really counts.'"

Dombrowski said: "When you look at sports in this area. I don't think there's any state in the country that supports their franchises better than this. It's phenomenal what's taken place at this point. We have the Red Wings in the playoffs. Pistons in the playoffs. Lions planning for their draft."

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance at this meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland and Detroit Tigers President, CEO & General Manager Dave Dombrowski.

 

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