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Tigers take in Wings game, 'squid' tossing

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and many of their teammates attended Thursday's Wings-Lightning game at Joe Louis Arena.

It wasn't Miguel Cabrera's first hockey game; he's been to a few. Still, there was one question he had about what he saw at The Joe Thursday night.

"How do they get the squid into the building?"

Cabrera and several of his teammates attended the Wings' heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Lightning. It was Jose Iglesias' first hockey game. He, too, was intrigued by the octopi tossing and asked a reporter to explain the tradition.

"The fans were unbelievable," Iglesias said. "I don't understand the game at all, but Miggy explained it to me. We had a great time. Really fast and fun to see. Those guys played really hard."

Manager Brad Ausmus and three of his coaches were also there. They left with seven minutes left and the Wings up 2-0.

"There were plenty of people leaving when I left, so don't try to pin that on me," he said.