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

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Catching up on...baseball

Just some catch up.

As far as Grosse Pointe Park Little League - both Sam and Andrew's team, and William's team have gotten off to a slow start.

William's team is 1 and 4, the first win coming last Saturday. It was a BIG win (in Single A this happens).

Sam and Andrew's team also struggled for the first 5 games, and got some bad breaks. In one game then the go-ahead run for the Giants crossed the plate, the Red Soxed challenged it and the ump said he didn't touch home plate, thereby ending the inning and the game!

In another game the ump called a player out for sliding head first into home (against the rules in LL baseball). But he had actually tripped, not slid. But the ump wouldn't reverse this 3 out, ending a rally. 2 innings later a kid on the other team hit a walk off over the fence home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, playing two of the better teams in Triple A, they got convincing wins in both games.

Sam and Andrew are both doing a great job of pitching and catching, as well as other fielding positions. Sam will probably be out one more game next week as his ankle heals (the doctor thinks it is a minor injury).

This weekend only Andrew is playing, with his 10 year old tournament team. They are playing a tournament in Warren/Sterling Heights. In the first game this morning it was a see-saw battle. In the fifth Andrew hit a two RBI double to bring the team within a run, but were unable to go any further, and lost 9-8. Andrew also made a GREAT catch and tag on a runner while he was playing third, getting him out!

In the second game, it was a mercy rule ending at the end of 3 innings. The other team was a team from Florida, sponsored by Nike. Before this weekend they had already played 40 games together! (this team has played 3). By the end of the 3rd the score was 22-0! Only three Titans got on base - one boy hit by a pitch, one walked, and Andrew got on for catcher interference (Andrew swung and hit the catcher's mitt, meaning he interfered so Andrew got to go to first). They have one more game tomorrow at 11:30am (Andrew and Jennifer will be at 8am Mass to go).

And of course tomorrow is the parish Tiger Outing. We have sold 312 tickets for the game. After the 10am Service we eat hot dogs, etc. and then go over to the game. The Choir sings the National Anthem, and we watch the game. Right this minute the Tigers just beat the Twins 19-3. They have won 4 of the last 5 games (Seattle and Minnesota), but have a long way to dig themselves out of their losing ways between that Yankee's sweep, and this recent home stand.

PS - I also have a wedding at 5:30!!!