It is coming! The crack of the bat and roar of the crowd! April 1 is the opening day for Professional Baseball. Readers who have been with me the last several months know that I like the game of baseball. My favored team is the Atlanta Braves. I have never been anything except a Braves fan. As a child our family drove to Milwaukee for two or three games per season and otherwise listened to the games on the radio. When the team moved to Atlanta, I moved my loyalty right along with them.
I don’t get to watch very many games up here in Indiana because the channels carry Cubs, or Reds regularly instead. I have therefore adjusted to watching the Braves on their website. Gameday on the website is free, but there is no sound and it is stickmen playing. Now, do you agree—I am an Atlanta Braves fan!
There are quotes from both teams on the game preview that struck me as I read them. Chris Medlen, of the Braves said: “I’m a big believer in playing the game,” he said. “I don’t like talking about potential. It’s like talking about prospects. Cool, you throw hard, but you don’t know anything about pitching. You just don’t know anything until you play the game. I don’t like talking about rosters or who looks good on paper. I just like playing the game and trying to beat whoever we are playing.” Paul Hamels of the Phillys said basically the same thing. So much for reporter’s predictions!
The same is true in everyday life. We can predict for ourselves, but in the end, it is the results that matter. For instance, we may go to work and find out by mid morning that the company has been sold and you just lost your job. What counts is playing the game—the attitude. We need to be prepared, but it is the result that counts.
Retired manager, Bobby Cox, was known for saying, “I don’t know why we lost; we played well.” It frustrated reporters who wanted a better answer. In truth, we do lose sometimes. The important thing is to dust off, and go at it again. With the right attitude, we will win more than we lose. Never sell the Devil short. Just make sure that the win-loss record stays on your side!
“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7