Game I Never Saw
-- It was May 15, 1981. My family was living in Sandusky, Ohio, about fifty
miles west of Cleveland. A buddy called and said, "Let's go see to the Indians
play baseball tonight." Well, I was, am, and always will be an Indians fan, but
on this particular day, it was chilly and drizzly--and old Municipal Stadium was
situated right on the shores of blustery Lake Erie. I knew that it would be uncomfortable
there so I told my friend that I would rather pass. A mere 7,290 fans showed up
that night to watch "The Tribe" play the Toronto Blue Jays.
fans in that 80,000-seat ancient ball yard was like a BB in a boxcar. Ah, but
what they saw--and what I could have seen, had I gone--made baseball history.
Pitching for the Indians was Len Barker. All he did was throw a perfect game,
21 batters up and 21 batters down! He struck out eleven of them.
3-0 win was great, but totally incidental to the wonder of Barker's hall-of-fame
performance. So... what if I had said to my friend, "Sure, I'll go with you to
the game tonight. I'll just dress warmly enough to be comfortable. Let's do it!"
Why, I would have seen with my own eyes one of the most magnificent feats in baseball
history. What a memory that would have been! But, I missed it -- because I did
not want to be "put out" or "uncomfortable" that night.
It is quite possible,
my good friend, that you could put yourself in line for a memory, a miracle, or
a milestone by just exerting a little extra effort today. Push yourself a little--you
might be glad that you did!
Used with permission by author, Dan Betzer. Previously published on ByLine OnLine, copyright © 2005 Media Ministries of the Assemblies of God.
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