Monday, March 30, 2009

Take me out to the ball game...

Friday evening, Cole and I took in a Liberty University baseball game. He loves to go watch, something he picked up from me, I guess. Around the 4th inning we retreated to the car to get out of the rain that had begun to fall. I hated to leave as it was a great 0-0 pitching duel, so we ate a picnic in the car as we watched the rest of the game from the hill and listened to the action on the radio.

By the bottom of the 9th inning Presbyterian had taken a  1-0 lead on LU, and brought in their closer to finish the game. Pop. Pop. Two hits in a row tied the game and left the game winning run on second. Two walks later, the bases were loaded and everyone was on the edge of their seats for the dramatic finish.

The batter strode to the plate, with a heroic glint in his eye. He had the chance to win the game with a single swing, all he had to do was connect. The pitcher knew he was in a jam, but maybe he would get lucky. He quickly fell behind in the count...ball one....ball two...ball three. He had to throw a strike...ball four. He walked in the game winning run.

It was all rather anti-climatic, as the player trotted home, and rather hard to be excited for such a finish. A win is a win, right? Don't get me wrong, I like to win, but how do you duplicate that? A win because the other team can't get it across the plate.

The thing is, they put themselves in a position to win by staying in the game...when the hits were not coming, when the rain was pouring down, when the ace reliever came to the mound. Some probably would not have held it against them if they would have just packed it in. It's only one game, right? I guess you could say that about a lot in life, or you could stay in the game.

9 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Unless you stay in the game you don't have a chance. Not one single chance. Or, a double chance. Or a chance for a triple or a homer. And in the economics of today, just keeping your business alive to try another day, is as good as getting ahead used to be. I love baseball. And basketball. Football? Not so much.

Mrsupole said...

I think it says a lot about both teams staying in the game. Either team could have quit playing due to the rain, but they did not give up. The team that won probably felt relief that they won, but at the same time they probably felt bad at how they won. And the team that lost probably felt bad, but at the same time, relief the game was over. Now both teams can move on. Tomorrow is another day. The great thing is that after a few more games, they will forget all about this one. Life goes on. Most of us have a great ability to recover from loss and go from there on to other things. Faith is what gives us this ability. Though faith means different things to different people, it is still faith in something that lets us do this.

Faith in winning the next game keeps the team members coming back to play again. Faith in changing our situation keeps us alive. We should always have faith.

God bless.

Baino said...

Brian you have to be in it to win it. I love baseball but it's not big in this country. We used to go and watch the Sydney Blues on warm summer nights . .fantastic . .especially for kids . .Adam would get his bat signed by people he didn't even know! When I finally get to the US, it's so on the cards. Clare saw the Nicks play in NY and loved the atmosphere more than the game. As for faith . .I wish I had more or even some! (Love your son's name)

Daniel said...

Thanks for the reminder. I shall try to keep my head up today.

Rob said...

Go Flames!

Dot-Com said...

Sounds like you had a good time! Only ever watched one baseball game - ever. Not a sport we know here :-)

Marianna said...

Ah sports...concentration, goals, effort, team work.

I guess 'you got to lose to know how to win' (and I am quoting Aerosmith here) but 'dream on' lol

Yes...like life itself lol

Have a great week
xoxo

Cinnamon said...

Yup learning to lose and then still staying in the game (of life) is what it's all about :)

Did that make any sense?????

jake (to the) holla said...

ohhhh LU... my mind needs to fully wrap itself around the fact that i'll be there in the fall haha