88-year-old Tigers fan gets a big surprise

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - When 88-year-old Dorothy Reid arrived home on Wednesday afternoon, she was a little confused by a couple of balloons she saw decorating the side of her house.

"Well, I saw the balloons and thought, ‘Gee, I'm not having a baby and the house is not for sale," said Reid.

It was only when the lifelong Tigers fan went around front did she notice the large English Ds, orange and blue streamers, and a mini spray-painted ballpark on her front lawn.

"I come around in front, all the players and everything is out here, it was wonderful," said Reid.

Reid has been an employee at Eppinger Manufacturing for over 30 years and her boss, knowing Dorothy's love for the Tigers, decided it would be nice to give Dorothy a big World Series surprise.

Jennifer Bustamante with the help of a couple others snuck over to Dorothy's house Wednesday afternoon armed with decorations and spruced up her lawn in great Detroit Tigers fashion.

"There were a couple people who stopped by and were watching us and were honking. I was like, ‘I hope nobody calls the police,'" joked Bustamante.

Bustamante said she realized how deeply Dorothy loved the Tigers when she took her to a game at Comerica Park earlier this year. It was the first time Dorothy caught a game in the new stadium.

"She was like a little girl," said Bustamante. "It was crazy. I just loved her face. It made us so excited for her."

Dorothy said it was a wonderful experience, and she even got her photo taken with Paws. 

As the Tigers begin Game 1 of the World Series tonight in San Francisco, Dorothy will be watching and rooting for her team.

She does, however, have a clear favorite: "Verlander, I got his shirt on," Dorothy giggled.

Dorothy says she isn't worried about the series. So, when will she take the decorations down?

"Well, it depends on how long it takes them to win," said Dorothy. 
 

(Click the second photo to see Dorothy's decorated lawn) 

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