Monday, June 21, 2010

Dodger Belief

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
John 1:6-9

Manny Ramirez came back to Boston and the Red Sox won three straight games with the Dodgers. The story line was all about Manny. It’s always about Manny. At Fenway, some cheered his greatness as a hitter, and others booed his lackadaisical attitude. By all accounts, Manny works very hard at his hitting, and he is among the best who ever played the game. In other aspects of the game, at least with the Red Sox, he didn’t always try.

He was and is an enigma. He is always, “Manny being Manny.”

In the 2007 American League Championship series against Cleveland, the Sox were down three games to one. Everyone was talking about winning game five. It was, they said stating the obvious, a “must win.” If they did not win the next game, the season would be over. Manny took a completely different approach. He didn’t think losing was so bad. His basic attitude was, “if we lose, we lose.” And life will go on. The sports commentators were incensed, but the truth is that it was refreshing. It was, after all, only a game. Then they went out and won three in a row from Cleveland. And in the World Series they beat Colorado four games to nothing.

As impossible as it seems, Manny is apparently not the craziest person associated with the Dodgers. That award goes jointly to Jamie and Frank McCourt, the team owners who are now in a bitter divorce struggle.

In the wrangling over finances related to the divorce we learned that the McCourts hired a psychic named Vladimir Shpunt to give the team positive energy. Shpunt only attended one Dodger game and he knows nothing about baseball, but he spent hours watching them on television from his home in the Boston suburbs. He said he could not work miracles, but he could improve their chances of winning by 10-15%. For this they paid over $100,000.

Even Manny Ramirez is not that crazy. And he is way more loveable than the McCourts.

We sometimes worry that when people drift away from Christianity or Judaism they will have nothing to believe in. But oddly and sadly, the alarming thing is that when people drift away from Christianity, they seem to believe almost anything.

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