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A Great Story

By admin | May 20, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan

The purpose of this blog is theological: we are seeking to promote confessional Christianity, especially in its historic Baptist formulation. But in God’s mercy, he gives us much ‘richly to enjoy’ (1 Timothy 6:17). My favorite pastime, apart from reading dusty old tomes and buying newer ones, is baseball; and not just baseball in general, but Boston Red Sox baseball in particular. My older brother took our family to Fenway Park for the first time in August 1963, when we watched the Old Towne Team defeat the side from New York (though Mickey Mantle hit a home run for the Bronx Bombers–I am glad to say that I saw that, even though I was only 7 years old). For years–really, for decades–I was part of the faithful throng waiting for the great release that finally came on October 27, 2004, when Edgar Renteria of the Cardinals weakly tapped a ball back to Keith Foulke, and we were World Champions. I have two pictures in my study of that moment; not of the baseball game, but of my son Nathan and I celebrating. It was a great moment.

Last night provided another great Red Sox moment. As things were unfolding in Boston, Nathan called to make sure that I knew what was happening. He now lives in South Carolina, but was on the phone with me, his brothers, and a friend from back home in Mass. We all watched the end with great joy. It was a moment of common grace.

I know that’s a cliche–sports figures all the time give empty thanks to ‘God,’ whoever they may think him to be. But last night was different. If you don’t know what happened, please read these stories.

http://www.boston.com/sports/columnists/wilbur/2008/05/20/no_no_comparison/

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?id=3404366

The event itself was remarkable–the feat achieved is very rare. But the participants, and the reactions of the teammates, are even more remarkable. It’s great to be a Red Sox fan.

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