Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, October 26, 2006

CBC news

This was on the Canadian Broadcasting Corps. news page.

The electronic board outside St. John's Episcopalian Church – a decidedly atypical Comerica Park neighbour – implores fans to "pray for the Tigers." In the steeple's shadow, an old, homeless man paces, singing the refrain, "Eat 'em up Tigers! Eat 'em up!" as he rattles a single coin around the bottom of his tin donation cup.
"There hadn't been a whole lot to cheer about lately," said Rev. Steven Kelly, who held a mass for the Tigers at St. John's before the regular season and the playoffs.
"I pray in hard times and I pray in easy times, too."
It appears the prayers are paying off. After 12 consecutive losing seasons, the Tigers turned things around in 2006, winning 96 games before knocking off the heavily favoured New York Yankees, and then the Oakland Athletics to capture the American League pennant.

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