Hats, gloves, blankets wrap fans in spirit on Opening Day

Sarah Rahal Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Erin King searches for more Tigers gear to add to her collection.

Detroit — Fans used the streets of downtown as their runway to show off their Tigers gear Friday. 

From blue-and-orange tutus to vintage letterman jackets, devoted Tiger fans had it all. 

Here are some wild, layered and chic looks from Friday's Opening Day. 

Katrina Martin, 28, and John Hill, 40, of Port Huron show off their Tiger apparel on Opening Day.

Katrina Martin, 28, and John Hill, 40, of Port Huron showed their Tiger pride with sunglasses on a cloudy day, layered jerseys and windbreakers. The couple sported braided necklaces and gloves, too. 

"Who doesn't go all out for Opening Day?" Hill said. 

Mike Gatteri, 68, of Redford shows off his World Series jacket.

Mike Gatteri, 68, showed off his vintage World Series Champions letterman jacket that he's worn to Opening Day for the last 50 years. The jacket has four patches, one from each world series championship: 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

"I can't remember where I got it but the patches came from every game's following year," said Gatteri, who said his favorite player is former left fielder Willie Horton. 

Sisters Amanda, left, and Megan Piper, right, showing off their apparel and a bucket of fries.

Amanda Piper, 28, showed off her Tigers outfit including gray crew neck, blue jersey jacket, logo scarf, winter hat, orange nails and her unique Dooney and Bourke Tigers purse. She and her sister, Megan Piper, 22, love Opening Day bucket fries. 

Jacki Hawkins of Dearborn Heights wears her custom homemade shirt.

Jacki Hawkins said her favorite piece of apparel is the homemade shirts she wears close to her heart. She also loves her blue boots with orange embroidered old English D. 

"My daughter and I come every year," said Hawkins of Dearborn Heights. "It's one of the only traditions we have. We love the Tigers so much. I even have a piece of the old stadium bolted into my backyard." 

Jacki Hawkins' custom made blue Tigers boots with orange embroidered D.

Amanda LaGest, 30, and Emily Warnke, 35, said they made sure they didn't leave home without their Tigers gloves on Friday. 

"We come out every year and hang out in the city, but we were here at 7:30 a.m., and no one was here," said Warnke of Oxford. "We snuggled up to stay warm together."

Amanda LaGest, left, and Emily Warnke show off their favorite gloves.
Erin King rocking her layered jerseys and jackets with her favorite Tigers earrings.

Erin King, 39, said she and her family bought six tickets together, which they buy every other year. This year, she was excited to wear her blue old English "D" earrings.

Popular this year: wearing blankets to stay warm in the windy mid-30 degree weather. 

Wearing blankets to stay warm.
Ben Lightfood of Ferndale said his Tigers jacket is a must on Opening Day.

Ben Lightfoot, 31, spent $100 on his Tiger-patterned jacket from a boutique in Corktown. 

"Not really into the logo stuff and saw this a while ago and thought it was more my style," said Lightfoot of Ferndale. 

Laura Grammens, 42, celebrated her birthday at her first Opening Day with her friend Tonya Schmitt, 40. The friends made their own Tigers outfits out of orange-and-blue onesies, Tigers sweaters tied around their waists and hats. 

Laura Grammens, 42, and Tonya Schmitt, 40, show off their homemade Tigers outfits.
Joanne and Danny Longo from Clinton.

Joanne and Danny Longo from Clinton made a two-day event out of Opening Day and stayed in the city because they had a feeling it would get rained out.

Joanne Longo was dressed in tiger leggings, winter jacket, purse, scarf and baseball cap. Of Opening Day, she says: "You have to come. It's the best holiday for Detroit."