Game Seven of the World Series is tonight in Houston - it's such a thrilling event! Winner takes all! It's do or die! There's no tomorrow! Any cliches I missed? Interestingly: - This has happened 40 times before in Major League Baseball. - This is the first postseason series in MLB, NBA or NHL history in which the road team has won the first six games. - If the Nats win Game 7, they'll make American sports history, with road teams going 7-0 in a World Series for the first time. - This will be the first World Series Game 7 to feature former Cy Young winners as opposing starters. Max Scherzer will go for the Nats, and Zack Greinke for the Astros. - There has been only one walk-off home run in a winner-take-all World Series game. It was hit by Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski against the Yankees in 1960. (Source: ESPN)
No matter what the final score, as a fan you pray the outcome doesn't come down to a judgment call by an umpire!
In his book, Men At Work, George Will makes the following comment. "Umpires ... are dispensers of pure justice. Once when umpire Babe Pinelli called Babe Ruth out on strikes, Ruth made a populist argument (that the majority opinion must be the right one). Ruth argued fallaciously from raw numbers to moral weight. 'There's 40,000 people here who know that last pitch was a ball, tomato head!' "Pinelli replied: 'Maybe so, but mine is the only opinion that counts!'"
We also find ourselves pressed by the weight of numbers aligned against the moral law of God. But in the end, only one opinion counts: the opinion of the altruistic Umpire of all human affairs.
The Scriptures tell us, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life." (Galatians 6:7-8)
My prayer for you is that although there are many voices around you, telling you which way to go, that God would guide you by His Holy Spirit to help you to pay attention to the voice of the Good shepherd, with whom you are always SAFE!