It was back in February that mourned the passing of 87-year old Mike Ilitch—the owner of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers will be showing the depth of their memory with an incredibly fitting tribute to their late owner for the upcoming season by cutting his nickname, “Mr. I,” into the outfield grass at Comerica Park.
The tribute is expected to be in place Friday when the Tigers play the Boston Red Sox in their 2017 home opener.
Ilitch was well known among fan bases for his willingness to spend whatever it took to make his teams successful as evidenced by the Red Wings who are arguably the most successful franchise in the NHL in the late 1990s and 2000s, winning four Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2008.