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Vol. 5 No. 45 November 4, 2002
The 2002 World Series has come and gone. Because the big name teams (Yankees, Braves, etc.) were not in this year's series many did not bother to watch. Even some avid baseball fans apparently showed little interest in the seven game series. I watched as much of every game as I could. I always do. Regardless of who is playing. I consider it one of duties as an American citizen. Like voting (which I hope you will do this week) and observing national holidays. With the exception of the usual teams year's series had some high scoring games, great comebacks, and some monster home runs. But, that's not the reason I enjoyed the 2002 World Series so much.
This year's series gave me one of my great baseball memories. It came late in Game 5 during a rally by the San Francisco Giants. J. T. Snow was racing toward home with a team mate close behind as the Angels were trying to make a play at the plate. Just as Snow crossed the plate he noticed the bat boy (the three year old son of Giant's Head Coach Dusty Baker) approaching the home plate area to dutifully pick up a bat. Realizing the danger the boy was in Snow instinctively reached down and grabbed the boy by his jacket and swooped him up into his arms. Immediately after getting him to safety he hugged him, and looked into his eyes to make sure he was okay. It appeared that winning the game was not nearly as important as the safety of this child. Can you imagine that?
In game 6. Shawon Dunson had just hit what was thought to be possibly the game winner. As he crossed the plate, his son (also a bat boy) was the first the greet him. Dunson lifted his son into his arms, put one hand on each side of his face and kissed him. Right there on national television. The nerve of that guy!
Even though the Giants would eventually lose the series, those two events will stand out in my mind as two of the great plays of all time. These two images remind me that in the midst of this game we call life, when the emotions are running high, the crowd around us is going crazy, and we were at the point of our greatest need, our Father reaches down and snatches us out of danger's way. We have a Father who, when so many things are happening in the world all at the same time He still wants to reach down, take us into His arms, and kiss us. In His sight we are special.
The series is over. Teams are already making moves and deals to give them the best shot at the 2003 championship. No matter who wins next year they will have a tough time topping this year's highlights in my mind.
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6-8, NIV).
Whatever is going on in your life remember that our Father is watching over you, He will protect you, and His wants to wrap us in His arms and tell us He loves us. Let Him. It will be a highlight you'll never forget.
In His arms,
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