Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Applying ice....

So today was my day off, the weather was nice, and my son's new baseball coach called to let us know Andrew had been drafted by him for his team (yes, the draft in Little League baseball here in Grosse Pointe Park, after tryouts last week). Practice starts in a few weeks and just last Saturday he had an indoor baseball clinic. Add to that the excitement that Major League Baseball officially starts the season next Monday, and the Tigers home opener is the following Monday (and the Tigers are 17 -11 in the pre-season, not too shabby).

All this means it was a good day to head off to the baseball diamond and hit a few baseballs. I took Andrew, plus older brother Sam (who brought is glider airplane since baseball is mostly boring to him) and younger brother William, to the Little League field in the neighboring town (here in Grosse Pointe Park the LL field is the school, and we can't go over there while the kids are in school - we homeschool). We packed up a couple of bats, the mitts, helmet, and my bucket of 40+ baseballs (a great investment last fall at a sporting goods store looking to get rid of summer stock), and arrived at the diamond to shake the summer rust off.

Well, when you are throwing pitches to 3 youngsters for only the second time since last fall, you shouldn't over do it....but we were having so much fun. So I am typing with an ice-pack on my shouder after throwing over 160 pitches (4+ buckets). Forget about lifting my arm over my head! And yes, it will be interesting to try to elevate the host and chalice at Mass tomorrow!!!

But hey...baseball is starting! Bring it on!