Longtime Front Office Employee Audrey Zielinski and Third Baseman Brandon Inge Scheduled to Participate in Special Ceremony
 
DETROIT – Winning the pennant is one of the biggest goals for every team each baseball season. This season, the Detroit Tigers will open the season by raising the pennant as the club plans to unveil the 2006 American League Championship pennant in a special ceremony prior to Monday’s Opening Day contest at Comerica Park. The pennant will be unveiled by two very special members of the Tigers family, longtime front office employee Audrey Zielinski and third baseman Brandon Inge.
   
Zielinski first joined the Tigers in 1956 after answering a one-line newspaper ad seeking someone “sports minded.” Zielinski responded to the vague ad and was asked if she could report to work as early as the following day. She accepted the offer and has been a friendly face in the front office for over 50 years, working primarily in the player development and scouting departments. Her career highlights include being named ‘Woman Executive of the Year’ by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues in 1996. She currently works in the public affairs office and remains an integral part of the Tigers front office.
 
Inge has been part of the Tigers organization for nearly 10 years after being selected in the second round of the June 1998 draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University.  Inge began his professional career as a catcher, before moving to a super utility role in 2004 and eventually taking over as the starting third baseman in 2005. He established career highs with 83 runs scored, 27 home runs and 83 RBI last season, while playing outstanding defense at third base. 
 
Monday’s Opening Day contest against the Toronto Blue Jays is sold out, however, tickets remain for the final two games of the homestand. Wednesday’s afternoon game against the Blue Jays will feature a pre-game ceremony where Tigers players and coaches will receive their 2006 American League Championship rings. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting the Comerica Park box office or Detroit area Meijer stores, calling 866-66-TIGER or visiting www.tigers.com.