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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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Friday, April 10, 2009

A mention in today's Free Press

April 10, 2009
What you need to know about today's home opener
What: Tigers' 109th home opener. Detroit 1-3; Texas 3-0.
When: 1:05 p.m. today.
Where: Comerica Park.
TV/radio: FSD, Channel 2 in Detroit; WXYT-FM (97.1), WXYT-AM (1270).
Tickets: Sold out.
Pitchers: RH Armando Galarraga (13-7, 3.73 ERA in '08) vs. RH Kris Benson (injured in 2007-08).
Lineup: Marcus Thames or Jeff Larish should be the DH. The position players figure to be C Gerald Laird, 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Placido Polanco, SS Adam Everett, 3B Brandon Inge, LF Carlos Guillen, CF Curtis Granderson and RF Magglio OrdoƱez.
The festivities
Pregame ceremonies: Start at 12:35 p.m.
George Kell: Tigers will honor their Hall of Fame third baseman and legendary broadcaster who died last month.
National anthem: Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Flyover: Four F-15C aircraft from the 95th Fighter Squadron based at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Fla. The pilots are known as Boneheads.
First pitch
In a tribute to the domestic auto industry, a worker from each of the Detroit Three will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The info provided by the Tigers:
Kid Rock: The musician from Romeo will deliver the baseballs to the mound.
Loretta Abiodun: A 35-year employee with General Motors, she works in quality/communications at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.
David Edgar: A 34-year employee with Chrysler, he's a sheet-metal worker at Warren Stamping.
Pete Reyes: A 22-year employee with Ford, he's the chief engineer of the Taurus at the Dearborn product development center.
The weather
Well, there have been far worse forecasts for the home opener. At game time it should be about 48 degrees and cloudy but little chance of rain, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Gurney.
Good Friday
The Tigers have been criticized in some circles for playing this game during one of the holiest afternoons on the Christian calendar. The team will offer fish fry meals at Big League Grill and Great Fry Stand. Services at its neighboring churches: St. John's Episcopal Church, noon-3 p.m.; Central United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.