Reporting Pat Sweeting
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Detroit Tigers fans of all ages came away smiling after getting the chance to meet players Torii Hunter and Phil Coke, who served as celebrity baristas Friday morning at a Southfield Dunkin’ Donuts.
Hunter worked the crowd like a pro, chatting up everyone in sight and working the counter like a natural. He even fronted the .48 cents to buy one small customer a doughnut.
“It’s cool to see the fans come out and support me, my new job and Dunkin’ Donuts,” Hunter said, adding, “Sprinkle rainbow doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, whatever you want, I’m here to serve you.”
Sterling Heights attorney Neil Coleman stopped by and got an opportunity to meet both players.
“It’s a terrific community service that they’re affording everybody, crowds were terrific and the response was great,” Coleman said.
Coleman sees these meet and greets by Tigers players as very important.
“They’re the face of the city and they represent the citizens or the people of Detroit, so it’s very good to socialize with your neighbors,” he said.
The doughnut shop visit came as the two-day Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan took Hunter and Coke and other team members to stops across the state.
Paula Hekman of Royal Oak brought her four sons, aged 2-9, to meet the players. She said everyone was excited.
“They’ve gone to games, we usually go to a couple every year,” Hekman said.
Keegan Hekman, 7, a baseball aficionado who couldn’t remember his batting average except that it’s “really good,” was hoping to get a glimpse of Prince Fielder, but he settled for Coke and Hunter, and had a great time.
The Winter Caravan continued Friday, with stops at the DMC and North American International Auto Show, and a tour of the Manoogian Mansion with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.