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The 16th Hole at Augusta

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The 16th Hole at Augusta

Had the opportunity of a lifetime to catch a practice round on Monday. Being able to share it with my son made it even better.

As a lifelong Cub fan this is sad news.This from ESPN……

CHICAGO — Ron Santo, a legend in Chicago as a former Cubs third baseman-turned-wildly popular announcer, died Thursday in Arizona. He was 70.

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According to WGN, Santo died from complications of bladder cancer. Santo was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 18 and later lost both legs to amputation.

Santo was expected to work the coming season as an analyst for the Cubs flagship radio broadcast on WGN-AM 720.

In a statement Friday, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts praised Santo for “his passion, his loyalty, high great personal courage and his tremendous sense of humor.”

Santo will always be “the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” Ricketts said. The team plans to celebrate Santo’s contributions to the franchise in the coming days.

Santo played for the Cubs from 1960-73 before finishing his career with the White Sox in 1974. He became a Cubs broadcaster in 1990.

Santo was the quintessential Cubs fan and made no apologies for his on-air cheerleading or his utter frustration over a Cub’s misplay.

Santo never witnessed his longtime goal of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame despite career numbers that mark him as one of baseball’s all-time great third basemen. He finished with a .277 average over 15 major league seasons, with 342 home runs and 1,331 RBIs.

Santo was up for the Hall of Fame on 19 occasions, and first appeared on the Veterans Committee ballot in 2003.

Though Santo came close to Cooperstown enshrinement in the last decade in voting by the Veterans Committee, he always fell short. In 2007, Santo received 39 of the 48 votes necessary to reach the 75 percent threshold of the living 64 Hall of Famers to cast a ballot. His 61 percent led all candidates and no one was elected to the Hall.

It was the fourth straight time the Veterans Committee had failed to elect a member, leaving Santo frustrated.

“I thought it was going to be harder to deal with, but it wasn’t,” he said that day. “I’m just kind of fed up with it. I figure, ‘Hey, it’s not in the cards.’ But I don’t want to go through this every two years. It’s ridiculous.”

Santo was consistent that he did not want to make a posthumous entrance into the Hall of Fame. After being denied so many times, he was resigned to what is now the only possibility.

“(Induction) wasn’t going to change my life,” he said. “I’m OK. But I know I’ve earned it.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Phil Johnson–The 5 Major Heresies Audio (per irishcalvinist)—*Must Listen*

Rick Warren Apologizes for prop 8. Support-*SHOCKER!*

And then he clarifies…..sort of……..I guess………In Christianity Today…..

God Is Not A Christian Note *This is the same guy that say’s Satan does not exist*Link

Love the Church More Than It’s Health–Jonathan Leeman– A lesson in balance that I needed to hear.

Angel’s Rookie Pitcher Killed In Crash

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“Beyond Belief-Finding The Strength to Come Back” Josh Hamilton & Tim Keown

 

This is not an official “book review” per say, I don’t feel qualified enough to do that , but I did want to share some things I learned from reading Josh Hamilton’s story. As many of you know, I love most all sports, but baseball is my favorite. I have known about Josh Hamilton every since he got drafted by the Devil Ray’s a few years back. I have read different accounts of his story through magazines and on-line articles, but until I read his story in his words I didn’t  fully understand how far he has come. Not only do I have a new appreciation for Josh, but I know better now the struggles that most people addicted to drugs face. As much as this was a story of redemption and recovery, it was a look inside the mind of an addict. Josh was very open and honest about his time being in bondage to that lifestyle. He was also honest about the spiritual warfare that was taking place in his life during this time (and some that still goes on).He share’s how his addiction hurt the people that loved him, and how there forgiveness of him had to be a “God thing” . He also talks about the providence of God and how as he looks back on things now he can see God’s hand in all of it. He never shy’s  away from giving God glory for his continuing recovery.

One of my favorite stories he tells, is about a  promise he made Clay Council, an older gentleman from his hometown. The promise was, that if he (Josh) ever participated in a home run derby, he would have Clay be his pitcher. Clay was one of those guy’s that spent all his spare time at the little league fields pitching to anyone that wanted to get in some batting practice. Josh kept his promise to Clay and flew him to New York and he had him pitch for him at Yankee stadium. The best part of this whole story was the fact that before they went out onto the field, they went into the tunnel, away from everyone else and prayed, giving God glory for this opportunity.

Growing up as a kid,  I usually looked at athlete’s as hero’s, heck I even named my son after a baseball player, but as I’ve gotten older I realize they are human just like me. Josh’s story pounds that home even more. I do now have a new respect for Josh and will be rooting for him to succeed on and off the field. I highly recommend this book to all baseball fans, but I also recommend it to anyone that is dealing with or knows someone that is dealing with an addiction.

 To me this is another example of God taking something that was meant for evil, and turning it into good.

Note* After seeing Josh’s story on MLB Network, my wife now wants his jersey. So if this will get her into watching baseball with me, at least 2 miracles came from Josh’s story.*

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a baseball fan. I have appreciated this game for as long as I can remember. I played t-ball all the way up to high school and I have enjoyed watching my son play this game his entire life. I am lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. I even named my son after a baseball player (Ryne Sandberg). So I’m writing this post with a little bit of disappointment in my heart.

 As most of you know, baseball has been dealing with a black-eye the past couple of years. The steroid controversy has been the main topic of discussion and, probably rightly so. But I suspect with the revelation of Alex Rodriguez’s admission  to being a juicer this is not going away anytime soon. I guess the most disappointing thing is not that he admitted cheating,but that I’m not totally surprised. I for one like A-Rod. I always thought he had a passion for the game that alot of other superstars didn’t. As a father I try to influence my son’s choice of players he likes(I know that’s probably not right), but I always tried to get him to focus on the players that seemed to love to play the game. Now I try to point him to the one’s that don’t or didn’t cheat to get ahead. Problem is I don’t know who those players are anymore. My fear is that so many young people will look at these guys and think it’s ok to do roids or whatever to get ahead. There is alot of money to be made if you are “good enough” to make it. I know if this was going on when I was in high school and I had the opportunity to take steroids to become a better player, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done it. It’s a shame because baseball is a beautiful game when played right. It has a rich history that I don’t believe any other sport can match. I just hope “the powers that be” can bring this sport back to it’s former glory so that future generations can enjoy watching baseball played the way it was intended to be be played.

I guess the next question to be ask, is should these guy’s, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens etc……….,be allowed in the hall-of-fame? Seems to me that they played in an era when the use of steroids was status quo and it’s impossible to say who was using and who wasn’t. Or do we throw the baby out with the bath water and not let anyone during this time in? I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision…

 

 I was going to write a theological sidebar on this subject, but I have decided to leave it as is. This post is about baseball and baseball only. I realize the theological implications that could be drawn from the above post and will likely write a separate post on that very issue. But I would like to keep this particular post and all subsequent comments focused on baseball. So if your a fan and share the same concerns, feel free to post a comment……….

75965187PHM_D046752054After being spurned by American colleges, Jonathan Blum has proven he is one of the best American defense prospects.

Blum, named team captain, will play a major role on the U.S. blue line when the 2009 World Junior Championship is held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ottawa.

Of the seven defenseman chosen for the American team, Blum is the only one not currently playing NCAA hockey. Not that he didn’t want to, of course.

“When I was younger, no colleges or the national program was looking past the Rockies,” Blum, a native of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., told NHL.com. “I didn’t get much exposure from contacts or college teams, so I decided to go to the Western Hockey League because of that.”

It turned into a fortuitous move. Blum joined the Vancouver Giants, and the Nashville Predators selected him with the 23rd pick of the 2007 Entry Draft. Now in his fourth season with the Giants, he leads WHL defensemen with 44 points in 28 games.Rest of The Story

If the regular-season series between the Cubs and Dodgers is any indication, this is going to be a low-scoring, very close NLDS.

 

CubsDodgers In the six games between the two teams, there were a total of 37 runs scored, there were two one-run games, two two-run games, a three-run game and a four-run game. There were no blowouts, and there was lots of good pitching. Even though the Cubs are the best-hitting team in the National League, and the Cubs will see Manny Ramirez for the first time as a member of the Dodgers, look for well-pitched, low-scoring games.

 

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