Tigers Visit the Troops, Test Military Technology at TACOM

Members of the Detroit Tigers visited the state-of-the-art Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab at TACOM in Warren and met with soldiers and civilian employees during the annual team's annual Winter Caravan.

Members of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday visited the men and women at TACOM in Warren who test and pioneer many of the items used by the U.S. Army around the world.

Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Phil Coke were among the Tigers on the team's Winter Caravan which stopped in Macomb County and allowed the players to see the M-1 Abrams up close and tour the Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL). The facility includes unique labs that test equipment before it is sent to the battlefield.

Afterward, the American League Champions participated in a question-and-answer session with personnel at the facility.

Questions included:

  • What was it like to win pennant and play in the World Series? "I had the chills the whole time," described pitcher Phil Coke. "It was an incredible feeling to run around the field and have the place so absolutely nuts."
  • What was Prince Fielder's impressions of playing his first season in Detroit? "It was a blast. The fans were very supportive," he said.
  • What job would you like in the military? "Sniper," said Miguel Cabrera.
  • What impresses Prince Fielder the most about hitting behind Miguel Cabrera? "Miguel takes like a traditional second baseman swing, but it keeps on going over the fence," he said. "He is the only person in the world I know, the pitcher thinks it is blooper over second and it's a homer. It is an amazing thing to watch."
Edward Cardenas January 25, 2013 at 04:24 AM
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