Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Confirmed: Good VS Evil this World Series

There are 26 of the above trophies in Yankee Stadium, but I digress.

We all know the Boston "RED" Socks refers to Satan's footwear- very fitting for an evil team. I trust my faithful readers will join me in wishing collapse upon the Bosox when they take on the Rockies for the World Championship of baseball. I'm concerned, if the Red Sox win the championship this year, they'll only be 20 titles behind my Yankees.

There is no doubt- this Series is an epic battle of Good vs Evil. No one will dispute the "evilness" of the Red Sox, what you may not have known is an interesting dynamic as reported yesterday on the Colorado Rockies setting the final stage for the clash-

Rockies Place Their Faith in God, and One Another
DENVER, Oct. 22 — As a Jewish player who attended a Catholic high school and a Lutheran university, Jason Hirsh knows what being a religious minority feels like. So last December, when he was traded to the Colorado Rockies, Hirsh wondered if what he had heard about his new organization was true.

Now, Hirsh said not once during the season had he felt uncomfortable with the place Christianity occupies within the organization. “There are guys who are religious, sure, but they don’t impress it upon anybody,” Hirsh said. “It’s not like they hung a cross in my locker or anything. They’ve accepted me for who I am and what I believe in.”

The role of religion within the Rockies’ organization first entered the public sphere in May 2006, when an article published in USA Today described the organization as adhering to a “Christian-based code of conduct” and the clubhouse as a place where Bibles were read and men’s magazines, like Maxim or Playboy, were banned. The article included interviews with several players and front office members, but team players and officials interviewed this week said it unfairly implied that the Rockies were intent on constructing a roster consisting in large part of players with a strong Christian faith. Asked how his own Christian faith affected his decision-making, General Manager Dan O’Dowd acknowledged it came into play, but not in a religious way. He said it guided him to find players with integrity and strong moral values, regardless of their religious preference.

“Do we like players with character? There is absolutely no doubt about that,” O’Dowd said during a recent interview in his Coors Field office. “If people want to interpret character as a religious-based issue because it appears many times in the Bible, that’s their decision. I believe that character is an innate part of developing an organization, and to me, it is nothing more than doing the right thing at the right time when nobody’s looking. Nothing more complicated than that. “You don’t have to be a Christian to make that decision.”Even if the Rockies are not consciously doing it, reliever Matt Herges, playing for his seventh organization, said the team had the highest concentration of devout Christians he had seen during his nine major league seasons.

Every Sunday, about 10 people gather for chapel, according to reliever Jeremy Affeldt, and Tuesday afternoon Bible study sessions usually attract seven or eight players. Affeldt said players discussed life and their families as well as scripture. “Certain guys attend chapel, certain guys don’t,” outfielder Cory Sullivan said. “I don’t think that’s any different from how it is in any other major league clubhouse. Nothing’s shoved down your throats.”


Rick Calohan said...

Well, Biblically speaking we have to keep in mind that although the Rockies defeated the serpent in the desert (Arizona Diamondbacks) and redeemed the 2001 New York Yankees, along the way they eliminated the Padres of San Diego. OK for us Reformers not such a bad thing. Also along the way, the eliminated the Phillies of Philadelphia, which was, suppose to be the faithful church according to Revelation 3: 7-13, but perhaps the Phillies were the “synagogue of Satan.” Thus, now they face a Devil that not only wears Prada but also with matching Red Sox. Yes, this shall be a battle of epic proportions. I know that God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested, but considering that the number six is associated with Satan and seven with God, I will predict the Rockies in seven as the crush the devil in Boston!

AJF said...

Excellent interpretive skills Rick! Hilarious post.

Wayne said...

People get paid to play baseball? Huh.

Frontier Forest said...

Go Rockies! Didn't know about the teams ties to Christian values but certainly impressed by their stand! Maybe we could suggest to the Rockies that they give Carl Peterson an invite to come to one of their team meetings?

Mark Davis said...

Obviously, the Lord isn't all that interested in baseball.