Football, basketball, baseball...They are the background music of my life. I love baseball.
I like to get into the games and I love to hear my favorite Astros talking about their relationships with the Lord on KSBJ.
Do I watch baseball like I love it? Not usually.
I don't ever feel like I have the time to sit and watch.
But, still I love the thrill of a good game!
Last night was the all star home run derby.
We were all lined up on the couch cheering for Lance Berkman. The Big Puma.
He had a decent showing.
We sat down to eat dinner.
The kids got bored of watching and went to bed.
I started putting laundry away.
Andrew started excitedly telling me to come in there. History was being made.
This kid we'd never heard of had hit fifteen home runs in round one and still had outs to go. Josh Hamilton ended up hitting 28 home runs in round one. A record.
His pitcher, you get to pick your own, was a 71-year-old man who he had known since he was a kid. So sweet.
Yankee Stadium is chanting his name. If you know anything about baseball, this is a big deal. It's awesome. As one announcer said, "You can be a Yankee and not be liked at Yankee Stadium."
Anyway, his story is so neat.
In 1999 he was a top pick in the draft and got addicted to drugs and alcohol. He kicked his heroin addiction and got sober. He gave up his dreams of ever playing baseball again...Until he had a dream. He was in the home run derby in Yankee Stadium. This dream, of course, was long before this home run derby was announced and long before anyone knew it would be at Yankee Stadium. The last one at Yankee Stadium no less. At the point the whole "dream thing" started being talked about, heads were snapping. People have started listening to his story and taking note of his God. So cool!
He is now playing for the Rangers. He has been back in the game for 3 seasons. He hasn't said much about his story until this week.
After the first round, the sports reporter (that Andrew and I dubbed "Swiss Miss" due to her milkmaid's outfit) asked him, "How do you feel?"
Josh Hamilton responded, "I just want to thank God for all he's done in my life and so fast."
Swiss Miss kept badgering him over and over, "But, how do you feel right now, What's it like breaking these records, etc."
Hamilton just kept talking about God.
I thought it was so cool.
He didn't end up winning the trophy but he definitely stole the show. People are talking about him today, saying his name and we can pray also saying the name of Jesus.
After the final round when he didn't win the whole thing but was still the hero, Swiss Miss asked him again (and again and again), "How do you feel right now?"
His response after thanking the fans, his parents and stating his gratefulness to be there was, "I owe it all to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who I want to glorify in all I do."
An awesome moment in baseball.