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Governor Whitmer Issues Official Proclamation Marking Opening Day in Detroit


April 8, 2022



Governor Whitmer Issues Official Proclamation Marking Opening Day in Detroit

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed April 8, 2022, as Opening Day for Detroit Tigers to celebrate and promote the 121st season as a part of Major League Baseball.

“Opening Day is a day that Michiganders across our great state—including me—look forward to all year,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I hope everyone attending or watching today’s game has a great, safe day watching the Tigers kick off their 121st MLB season. Longer days and warmer weather are just around the corner, and Oberon Day and Opening Day are two signs that Pure Michigan season is kicking into high gear!”

To view the full proclamation, see below:


I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim 

April 8, 2022


               OPENING DAY

WHEREAS, April 8, 2022, is Opening Day at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox in the first game of the season; and, 

WHEREAS, baseball is America’s favorite past time; and, 

WHEREAS, the Detroit Tigers are beloved by Michiganders throughout the state, and bring particular pride to the Detroit community; and,  

WHEREAS, today the Detroit Tigers will begin their 121st season as part of Major League Baseball; and, 

WHEREAS, the first ever Opening Day for the Tigers was on April 24, 1901; and, 

WHEREAS, the Tigers have called Comerica Park home since April 11, 2000, when they defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-2; and, 

WHEREAS, this year the Tigers, led by manager A.J. Hinch, hope to improve their all-time Opening Day record to 57-60; and, 

WHEREAS, Tigers fans will eagerly tune in this season as Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera seeks his 3000th career hit, which would place him in an elite club of baseball legends; and 

WHEREAS, the Tigers have won four World Series, winning their most recent in 1984; and, 

WHEREAS, Michiganders are excited to kick off another season of Detroit Tigers baseball and root for a return to the World Series; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 8, 2022 as Opening Day in Michigan.