October 21, 2014

Enjoy It While You Can

This year will mark the end of an era in baseball. The greatest reliever of all time, Mariano Rivera, announced the other day that 2013 will be his final season. I will make sure I’m watching whenever I can. We wrote about Mo last year when he was injured. Now we’re looking forward to one […]

Game of Errors

And yet another story about why I love baseball so much… Jeff Passan and Kevin Kaduk at Yahoo Sports report: Sometime this weekend, an unlucky soul will commit the 500,000th error in baseball history. It has taken the sport 136 years to accumulate enough bobbles, bungles, kicks, trips, flips, flops, flings and altogether awful things to […]

iMonk Classic: All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” * * * Monday […]

One of My Favorite Cases

A few years ago, I was involved in a unique chaplaincy situation with a patient and family that combined two of my greatest loves: pastoral care and Cubs baseball. It illustrates one of the basic principles I try to follow in pastoral ministry — Take interest in the interests of those you are trying to […]

The End of Perfection?

Only the hardest-hearted Boston Red Sox fan is cheering this weekend. On Thursday night, one of the most consistent, awe-inspiring, likeable and admirable players in baseball history suffered an injury that may end his stellar career. Veteran New York Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while chasing a fly ball in batting practice before […]

A Special Day in Baseball

From a Major League Baseball press release last week… Major League Baseball is commemorating Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday, April 15, 2012 with a League-wide 65th anniversary recognition of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking the game’s color barrier in 1947. To highlight this special occasion, all players and on-field personnel will once again wear […]

Kevin and Tommy

Back in the day, I was a Little League coach. I remember one year when I had 7-8 year olds. I was a new coach, and that fact plus a bad draw in the draft left me at a disadvantage. I ended up with only 10 players. Two of them were autistic boys. Kevin was […]

Game or Practice?

I have many friends in local baseball community. Many of them go to church. Some of them find it boring. I’ve had several conversations with a acquaintance who goes to the Roman Catholic Church. He did not grow up Catholic, but his wife did, and they agreed to participate in the congregation as a family, […]

Wait No More!

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. • Rogers Hornsby   • • • Photo from Shooting from the Hip by Chicago Tribune Photojournalist Scott Strazzante

Fifty Years Ago

By Chaplain Mike 1:46 pm. October 1, 2011. One of the greatest feats in baseball history was accomplished at 1:46 pm on October 1, 1961, as Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single season record. That’s when Maris walloped his 61st home run at Yankee Stadium in the year’s final regular game. A dramatic race for […]