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Detroit celebrates RoboCop Day

Old and new RoboCops shake hands.
Old and new RoboCops shake hands.
Alonso del Arte

Today, June 3, was a red letter day for RoboCop fans in Detroit. The release on BluRay and DVD of the 2014 RoboCop reboot was celebrated by a man in the RoboCop suit from the film posing for photos with fans at Campus Martius at lunchtime and throwing the first pitch at Comerica Park for the Tigers-Blue Jays game at 7:00 p.m.

RoboCop throws the first pitch at the Tigers-Blue Jays game earlier today.
Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

People like Janice Reese, a title appraiser for Title Source, patiently waited in line to take pictures with RoboCop. "I have enjoyed both films," Reese said, referring to the 1987 original and the new film. Others were not so enthused. "What's he gonna do, fly around?" asked Alex Katsopoulos, a tourist confused by the crowd's eager anticipation.

Alejandra Villegas showed up wearing a homemade costume based on the original film. "I will not see the new film," Villegas declared flatly. She did however take a picture shaking hands with the new RoboCop. Villegas is helping Elena Herrada promote the June 14 screening of the original film at the Senate Theater which will be a fundraiser for Herrada's campaign to replace the term-limited Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on the Michigan legislature.

There has been a lot of misinformation about the RoboCop statue. Imagination Station posted a Kickstarter update earlier today to clarify the situation: "To be clear: the RoboCop statue is still on track to be finished later this year, and is still in the hands of Giorgio Gikas at Venus Bronze Works in Detroit, but news reports about it being unveiled today are incorrect. … All official updates will come through this page. … Go Tigers!"

At Comerica Park in the evening, Paws the Tigers mascot gestured profusely as RoboCop stood still before throwing a pitch that fell short of the mark, forcing Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis to make several unorthodox moves. The Toronto Blue Jays went on to beat the Tigers.