By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Special fans spent the evening dancing and playing trivia games with some of the their favorite Detroit Tigers players after hours Jan. 21 at the Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd.
The Detroit Tigers made a stop at the museum for activities and games with fans as part of their statewide multi-stop caravan.
The 10 players in attendance held a private meet-and-greet with members and families of the Dreams Come True non-profit organization
Detroit Tigers Kids Club members and members of The Henry Ford had a chance to play games and win raffle prizes.
Players also participated in a question-and-answer session where they answered questions from event hosts and children in attendance.
Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was asked about being back in Michigan and what he did during the offseason.
“The cold in Michigan is hard to get used to,” he said. “I spent the offseason working out, spending time with my family and went on vacation where I rode an elephant.”
Tigers switch-hitter Victor Martinez said his mother was his biggest role model when asked who he looked up to the most as his role model.
Pitchers Kyle Ryan, Justin Wilson, Buck Farmer and Mike Pelfrey also were part of the caravan, as were infielders Dixon Machado and Andrew Romine, and catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and James McCann.
Players participated in activities with the Detroit Tigers Kids Clubs members during the stop, including a dance-off, sing-off and trivia games.
Attendee Jillian Gibbs, 8, said her favorite part of the event was being on stage with the players she watches on television.
“It was so awesome to play games with some of the players,” she said. “I had so much fun.”
Each player was teamed up with a fan and gave clues about a word on the screen for their teammate to guess correctly.
“I loved playing the trivia game with Victor,” Lorna Davis, 12, said. “He’s one of my favorite players on the team.”
Romine said he enjoyed his first visit to the museum.
“The museum is really cool,” he said. “I loved seeing the car exhibit, especially how they have progressed throughout the years.”
He also said his favorite part of the caravan stop was interacting with the children and excitement for next season from the fans.
“I had so much fun dancing with the kids,” Romine said. “I’m also excited for the new additions we have on the team for the upcoming season and how we’ll all come together.”
The annual Tigers caravan made its final stop on Jan. 22 after traveling throughout the state visiting businesses, organizations, hospitals, local officials, and television stations.
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