Fans fill Comerica Park for TigerFest

DETROIT - Snow still fills the infield, but that didn't stop 10,000 Tigers fans from filling Comerica Park with a look ahead to spring.

Players and coaches from the reigning American League champions positioned themselves at autograph stations throughout the park, greeting fans all afternoon.

"It's very impressive, especially in the snow, because I know I'd be at the house. I wouldn't come see us," Prince Fielder laughed.

Over three million fans attended Tigers home games last season, and the week's four-day caravan around metro-Detroit gave them a chance to put a face with the cheers in the stands.

"It's probably the most personal thing we get to do with the fans," Alex Avila said.

The Tigers report to spring training in mid-February, so for most of them, TigerFest provides one last opportunity to convene as a team before getting to work.

"Tomorrow, I'm out of this cold," Justin Verlander joked.

Expectations only get heavier for a team coming off a World Series appearance, but Avila said the team is used to that burden.

"If fans don't have expectations, then you pretty much have a 'suck' team," newly acquired outfielder Torii Hunter said.

"So I'm excited that the Tigers have high expectations."

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