Tiger Stadium was demolished in 2009, but the memories live on.
Today, the corner of Michigan and Trumbull is a tourist attraction and a site for sacred rituals. Numerous people have sprinkled the ashes of their deceased loved ones here. Couples have even exchanged their wedding vows on the field.
Stealing Home features interviews with the Navin Field Grounds Crew, Tiger greats, fans who come from all over the world, and
never-before-seen footage from games at Navin Field, Briggs Stadium, and Tiger Stadium. The film explores the meaning of home, the importance of historic preservation, and whether this abandoned baseball field is truly sacred ground.
Jason Roche is a professor of communication studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. As soon as he heard about the Navin Field Grounds Crew, he knew this was a story that needed to be told.
"It's a great story in a city that needs to hear great stories. With all the negative headlines, with all the pundits using Detroit as the butt of their jokes, this was something that really moved me. I want this story to show the world that the people who live here haven't given up on Detroit, that this city is worth fighting for."
He's been following the Navin Field Grounds Crew with a camera since April of 2011.