OK – It’s Over! The Phillies Did NOT Win the World Championship of Baseball in 2015!
I was hoping! I even put a quote on the board at school, under the Phillies record at that moment (they never went above the 30th best team – which means they were the worst team in baseball… which they will likely remain). I had the quote, with the person who said it and when he said it. It was exactly like this… for three weeks:
“It ain’t over till it’s over!”
Yogi Berra, manager, New York Mets, 1973
I kid you not – that was on my board for three weeks. That was the only baseball person I put on the board connected to my World Championship prediction. No, don’t call it irony; it was providential. If you don’t know what I’m talking about: 90-year-old Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra died on September 22, 2015. May he be “absent from the body; present with the Lord.”
So, why did the Philadelphia Phillies not win this year? Because they were the 30th best team in Major League Baseball at the end of August? Well, not exactly. Let’s trace this: the Phillies were hideously bad just before the All-Star break. They had a West Coast swing where they were getting destroyed. In short order, they got totally dominated by three of the best pitchers in the game: Zach Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, and Madison Bumgarner. They looked like a team destined to lose well over 100 games. They were playing like Minor Leaguers.
Then, I did the unthinkable – I officially gave up on them. I’m one who usually holds out until the bitter end, but I had seen enough – they were through. I made a comment in an e-mail that I wouldn’t be watching any baseball in early October. I gave them up.
But … all of a sudden, after the All-Star break, they came out firing on all pistons. After going 6 – 1, I thought “Maybe… just maybe…” And that’s when it struck me – no, not a meteorite in the head, but what seemed like a revelation: “Of course! Just like the Miracle Braves of 1914, this will be the year of the Miracle Phils of 2015!” Why not?
I hear you saying, “Because they’re terrible!”
And I answer, “But, don’t you see? That’s just the point!”
Because, if the Phillies, who were more than 30 games under .500 at the All Star break, came back and won it all, it would HAVE to be a miracle! Right?
Here’s the heart of the matter: it wasn’t anything I had done. Besides – what mo-ron would pick a team that was the worst team in both leagues, more than 30 games under .500, playing out the string in July, like the biggest bunch of losers on the planet, to win it all – this year? I’m the moron – because I knew it had nothing to do with me. I can’t do THAT big a miracle – or ANY miracle, by myself.
But I know Someone who can…
“What! Are you saying that it was GOD’S WILL that the Phillies would win it all this year!”
No – obviously not any more this year – they’re officially out of the running. But, what I’m saying is, that if it WERE His will for them to win, they would have won, as long as that was possible. And if you look back at all my postings on this, you’ll see that it was always my caveat: “If Elohim wills it.”
I thought He would – I was looking forward to seeing a lot of chagrined faces when it happened. But, much more than my personal pleasure, I was hoping to see Elohim glorified.
Yeah. Because, as I’ve been saying all along, if the Phillies won this year, there could be no other explanation than divine intervention. The same reason that Gideon only took 300 men to battle the huge army of the Midianites. The same reason David went up against Goliath, the same reason Jehosophat put the choir out in front of his army when the Kingdom of Judah was under attack – because The Lord is the One who fights our battles. And when we win, despite the odds, He can only get all the glory. I was looking forward to giving Him the glory for it … but it didn’t happen.
Why not? Is it because Elohim doesn’t have the power to do it? Not at all! Then why didn’t it happen? OK – Remember what else I said – the OTHER reason the Phillies were gonna win (besides it being a miracle)? Yeah – that’s right – because 2015 is a Shemitah season (the 2015 World Series won’t be a Shemitah series; it will be a SUPER – Shemitah Jubilee World Series! (Will it be Joc Pederson who shines?) I said that Yahweh honors those who are His Chosen People – Jewish people – in Shemitahs and Jubilees. The Phillies had that blessing because they have – uh, HAD – a Jewish General Manager, Ruben Amaro, Jr. Yeah – if you know anything about the Phillies history, they tend to do stupid things at critical moments (See “Gavvy Cravath bunts into a double play with the bases loaded, nobody out, in the first inning of the fifth and last game of the 1915 World Series”). Yeas, indeed – Ruben Amaro Jr. was fired on September 10th. I suspect the decision to fire him was made earlier, at about the time the Phillies dropped four straight to the Mets, crushing any chances to catch them. And – they seemed to be fairly disrespectful towards him – I don’t know. But – I don’t doubt that the Phillies are back under the “Dutchman’s Curse” that dogged them from 1897 (when they disrespected the great Honus Wagner by not signing him, saying he was “too awkward to play”) until 1979 (it was most likely lifted as a result of the May 17, 1979 23 – 22 classic against the Cubs).
Who, by the way, have a Jewish fella named Theo Epstein as their “President of Baseball Operations.”
Which bodes well for them this year to finally throw off that curse…
Mark me down: September 29, 2015