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Detroit Tigers bring Xmas in July

CUBA USA BOYIt's the story that keeps on giving as more and more organizations hold "Christmas in July"-type events in the final nine days before the timeline becomes unusable.

Today's entry comes from the Detroit Tigers, who announced that they will be celebrating the unseasonal holiday in style this Thursday, transforming Comerica Park into a winter wonderland complete with live holiday music, toys soldiers, Christmas trees and yes, the man himself, Santa Claus, will be there.  He'll even be bringing some of his elves.

The event, now in its second year, will also include some of the Salvation Army's familiar bell-ringing workers, known to normally flank store entrances in Santa hats during the holiday season, collecting money for the poor.

Naturally, Santa will be throwing the first pitch--although it's unclear whether or not he'll be wearing his typical suit, or perhaps a more seasonal pair of shorts and a Hawaiian shirt?  Dr. Seuss' Christmas-Stealing Grinch will lead the audience in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.