You might remember Dave Dravecky, who pitched with amazing success for the Dan Diego Pirates and the San Francisco Giants baseball teams. His pitching arm developed an unusual soreness. Medical tests identified the problem – cancer. Surgery and months of rehabilitation followed.
Then, after pitching for a time in the minor leagues, Dave made a widely applauded comeback to the majors. But in Montreal, as he was delivering a pitch, his arm snapped.
The cancer had not gone away. To save his life, doctors removed his arm and much of his shoulder. A committed Christian, Dave didn’t wallow in self-pity. Dave’s comments for all of us were: “There is no struggle about feeling sorry for myself. The question is not, ‘Why me, God?’ The question is, ‘What is Your plan for me?’…I see this as God giving me the opportunity to share the gospel with a lot of people.”
Don’t wallow in self-pity. Ask the right question.
Tags: baseball, question, trials, trouble
I once carried a rabbit’s foot in my pocket until it fell apart. I believed it would bring me good luck. People often have superstitions based upon nothing.
When Babe Ruth ran in from the outfield, he always stepped on second base just for luck. Willie Mays kicked it for the same reason. Manager Leo Durocher rode in the back seat of the team bus to break a losing streak. Other baseball superstitions include never changing bats after two strikes, not changing uniforms during a winning streak, tapping the plate three times with the bat, and not stepping on the foul line.
Lefty O’Doul, a pitcher for the Yankees in the 1920s, said, “It’s not that if I stepped on the foul line it would really lose the game, but why take a chance?” The statement itself reveals that Lefty had a belief down in his heart.
A line from a song on the old Hee Haw TV show said, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all…”
Do you have a superstition that you follow? Why do you do that?
Tags: baseball, luck, superstition