DETROIT — The Tigers may be down two games to none in the World Series, but they're marching into Saturday night's Game 3 with a seven nation army.
Or at least the guy who wrote that song.
That's right. Jack White beat out Kid Rock and Bob Seger to be the first famous Detroit musician to show up at the World Series. Best known for his time with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, the Detroit native showed up with a friend to watch Tigers batting practice.
(@KevinKaduk/Big League Stew)But forget about White ever yowling out a memorable rendition of the National Anthem. Fox TV star Zooey Deschanel is handling the duties for Game 3 and Motown legend Aretha Franklin is scheduled for Game 5.
Not that White would have volunteered .
"I'm not a singer, I'm a vocalist," White said. "There's a difference."
If that sounds like the most obtuse answer ever, please remember we're talking about the guy who made a career of dodging questions about whether his old drummer was his sister, wife or both.
White seemed surprised at the attention he was attracting from the media throng on the field but he said he's a Tigers fan who tries to watch games when he's out on the road. He grew up in a poor area of Detroit and said he had family members work on the grounds crew and in the concession stands of old Tiger Stadium. When asked who his favorite player was growing up, White threw out a great obscure reference — Stan Papi, a light-hitting utilityman who made all of 221 plate appearances for the Tigers from 1980-81.
"It's great to be out here now," White said. "I've only been to one game here (at Comerica Park). By the time they opened it, I was already out touring."