Rainbow appears during Tigers’ tribute to Aretha Franklin
The Detroit Tigers honored the memory of the late Aretha Franklin on Tuesday before facing the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park.
During the moment of silence to honor Franklin’s passing last Thursday at the age of 76, a rainbow appeared above the ballpark in the city the Queen of Soul called home.
Some pictures say it all. pic.twitter.com/abFKT7gsQM
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 21, 2018
Tuesday’s game marked the first time the Tigers played in Detroit since Franklin’s passing. However, the team previously did take note of the beloved local icon’s death.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 16, 2018
The Tigers also honored Franklin with tributes to her songs in the team’s game notes for an Aug. 16 showdown with the Minnesota Twins.
Tigers game notes today feature Aretha Franklin song titles. Even the DL section has been changed to “It Hurts Like Hell”. Well done, @DetroitTigersPR. pic.twitter.com/xdj0tA0Uzc
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 16, 2018
The Tigers were joined by other local pro sports teams in mourning the death of Franklin and honoring her remarkable legacy.
The Lions tweeted out an image of Franklin from her memorable performance of the national anthem during the team’s Thanksgiving game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2016.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Aretha Franklin.
Aretha was a groundbreaker and an icon whose legacy will live on forever. pic.twitter.com/dmYrfpDOjC
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 16, 2018
Little Caesars Arena, home to the NBA’s Pistons and NHL’s Red Wings, also took to Twitter to honor Franklin.
— Little Caesars Arena (@LCArena_Detroit) August 16, 2018
The Pistons also posted video of Franklin performing the anthem ahead of Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
RIP Queen of Soul. pic.twitter.com/87j06SLzic
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) August 16, 2018
It goes without saying that when it comes to Detroit’s teams, Aretha Franklin may be gone but she’s certainly not forgotten.