Wednesday, June 07, 2006

That's the Best God Can Do?

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Since baseball, religion, and politics are my favorite subjects, when the three collide in a media frenzy, well, my heart goes all a'flutter.

I first became aware of this silly little ditty in the venerable New York Times, discussing "faith nights" at ballparks. The article appeared during my blackout last week. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of putting religion or politics into sports arenas or stadiums, as the mob mentality can get a bit on the fascist side of things. And I was pleased to see that Titivil had a thing or two to say on the subject. So I thought that would be the end of it.

At about the same time, USA Today ran this sucker about how the Colorado Rockies are on some kind of mission from God to have players of a certain "values system" on their roster.

In response, David Zirin of The Nation wrote this guy. Knowing Titivil's interest in baseball, religion, and politics, I shared Zirin's article with him, and we had ourselves a little email snarkfest at the Rockies' expense.

When the USA Today article came out, the Rockies were a game or two above .500. It shows pretty low expectations in one's lord and savior to be performing at such a solid level of mediocrity. Since the article appeared, they've dropped to two games below .500 and dwell in the basement of the National League West. But, following Jesus's example of being argumentative with umpires, manager Clint Hurdle got himself thrown from a game.

As Titivil so rightly said: Worst Christians ever.

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At 11:58 AM , Anonymous titivil said...

Well, the Rockies squeaked past the Bucs 5-4 last night, so I guess God's not dead yet.

At 12:15 PM , Anonymous Hollywood Max said...

Is there any way you could get God to heal Cliff Floyd's ankle before the All Star break?

At 10:19 PM , Anonymous God said...


At 4:38 PM , Blogger Ted Carter said...

"If only there were a way that we Christians could embrace our religion publicly by incorporating it into our corporate and governing endeavors without pissing off all the non-Christians..."

Well, there's not. So quit it.


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