Tigers fans take 'Bucks' challenge while on a date

Tigers fans take 'Bucks' challenge while on a date

Tigers fans take 'Bucks' challenge while on a date
Jaclyn Puhlman is a research scientist at University of Michigan Health System and works on cancer research. She likes baseball and has a goal to see the Tigers play in every ballpark.

Michael Scheuber is an industrial engineer working on process improvement projects at Botsford Hospital in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills. He has been a Tigers fan since he was 5, and he joined Jaclyn this season on that quest to see the Tigers at every ballpark.

The two were on a date at Comerica Park for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees last week when MLB.com's "Bucks on the Pond" crew found them in front of the Big League Grill out in center field, and you can watch episode 24 of the hit game show to see if two scientists have any problem when baseball questions are mixed with geology, anatomy and geometry.

World Series

"We think it's a great idea and had an awesome time playing trivia," the couple said about "Bucks" in an email to MLB.com (the first contestants to reply jointly). "We play trivia every week, but it was a different experience playing it at the ballpark.

"Our backgrounds in science as well as our weekly trivia games helped out greatly while playing 'Bucks on the Pond.'"

"Bucks" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of it when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action on the field. In creating a new experience for fans, MLB.com is giving people a chance to earn bucks while they spend bucks at the ballpark.

Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.

The questions' level of difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team's at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.

Fans are chosen randomly by the "Bucks" crew, and new episodes are being released every Tuesday and Thursday this season. This marked the second postseason show taped at Comerica, as episode 20 featured a pair of fans with Tiger face paint and a tribute to the Triple Crown champ.

Puhlman wore a floppy Tigers hat, a birthday gift from her boyfriend on Aug. 28. There is a celebratory kiss after the pair reached the $25 mark, something that has become "Bucks" tradition for contestants on a date.

"The game we were at was Game 4 of the ALCS," they explained. "The day that we participated in 'Bucks' ended up being postponed due to rain. That was really disappointing, but we were still able to go the next afternoon. We saw many games this year, including trips to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but this was by far the best. It was unlike any other game we've been to and Jaclyn has never been to a playoff game before.

"It was an awesome atmosphere, because the Tigers took the lead and never let it go. It was a one-of-a-kind experience to watch the presenting of the trophy and the ALCS MVP in person. It was also great to see the players celebrating on the field with their families and other teammates."

Then they added: "We can't wait to watch the Tigers in the World Series on TV. We tried to get tickets but failed epically."

Did they win enough bucks to find a pair? Could they tell you which National League team the Tigers beat when they won their last World Series title in 1984? You'll have to see for yourself.

"I wasn't even born yet," she said.

"Neither was I," he added.

We are about to see whether that drought ends. It's Tigers vs. Giants in the 108th Fall Classic.

In addition to the Tigers, teams visited by the "Bucks" crew in 2012 include the Astros, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Marlins, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Orioles, White Sox and Yankees. Bookmark MLB.com/bucks and be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.