Mud Hens fans get the chance to hear from Detroit Tigers new manager Brad Ausmus and five-time All-Star Torii Hunter at Tiger Talk: A Helping Hens Charity Benefit on January 23, 2014.
Tiger Talk leads off the 2014 Toledo Mud Hens charitable efforts for the year. Helping Hens mission is to foster new relationships with groups and organizations who are committed to the education and recreational development of our area youth. In 2013, Toledo Mud Hens "Helping Hens Charitable Fund" was able to donate nearly $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations in the community.
This inaugural event will be held in the BirdCage restaurant at Fifth Third Field and will include a sit-down dinner, question and answer session with Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus and right fielder Torii Hunter, led by "Around the Bases" host and Mud Hens broadcaster, Matt Melzak. Raffle prizes from the Mud Hens and Tigers will be announced throughout the night, including grand prizes at the end of the evening. There will also be a live auction to benefit the Helping Hens Charitable Fund with several items and special experiences.
WHAT: 2014 Helping Hens Winter Gala
WHEN: Thursday, January 23
FROM: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: BirdCage Restaurant, Fifth Third Field
TICKETS: $50- Adults/$40- Children
Tickets to the event are limited. Fans can get their tickets by going to www.mudhens.com or by calling 419-725-HENS.
Ausmus is Detroit's 37th manager succeeding Perrysburg native, Jim Leyland, who announced his retirement in October after eight seasons as the skipper. A former Major League catcher, Ausmus, 44, was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies from the Yankees in the 1992 expansion draft and later traded to the San Diego Padres where he made his major league debut on July 28, 1993. He played parts of 18 seasons in the majors with the Padres (1993-96), Detroit Tigers (1996, 1999-2000), Houston Astros (1997-98, 2001-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-10).
This is Hunter's second season with the Tigers. He was selected as the Twins' first-round pick in 1993 out of high school and made his debut with the team in August, 1997. On June 16, 2013, Hunter hit his 300th career home run in a game against the Minnesota Twins. On July 1, Hunter was voted in as a reserve outfielder in the AL player voting for the 2013 Major League All-Star Game. It was his fifth career All-Star selection.