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Tigers to give away T-shirt with rainbow flag, become 25th MLB team with Pride event

Team designates Aug. 22 game vs. Cubs for giveaway.

The Tigers will give away a “Pride Pack” Aug. 22.

The Detroit Tigers will offer a “Pride Pack” that features a rainbow flag on a Tigers T-shirt as part of a promotion to help the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce Fund for the Aug. 22 game against the Chicago Cubs.

While this is not an official team-sponsored Pride night, the Tigers nonetheless become the 25th Major League Baseball team this season to in some way acknowledge their LGBT fans. The only teams without such an event are all in the American League — the Yankees, Indians, Angels, Astros and Rangers.

“The ‘Pride Pack’ tickets for the 7:05 p.m. game range in price from $32 to $56, and with each ticket purchased, fans will receive a commemorative pride T-shirt that includes the Tigers’ Olde English D on the front, and a pride flag on the back with the inscription, ‘Celebrating Diversity at America’s Favorite Pastime,’” wrote Tony Paul of the Detroit News, himself openly gay.

“A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which has organized unofficial Tigers pride days for the past few years.”

Most of the Pride events took place in June, but six are still set to go including the Tigers: Mets (Aug. 4); Cubs (“Out at Wrigley” Aug. 26); Cardinals (Aug. 17), White Sox (Aug. 31) and Royals (an LGBT fan-sponsored event Sept. 15).