June 2, 2016
When the Cubs were eliminated by Daniel Murphy and the Mets, I wrote this – which I still stand by!
Why the Cubs did NOT win in 2015….(October 2015: Before the World Series)
Answer #1: I don’t know.
Who can know the mind of Yahweh? He is so infinitely greater than our puny minds that there’s no way we can fully comprehend His thoughts.
Answer #2: I am not Yahweh.
I never claimed anything about myself, other than that I am a worthless slave to my Lord and Master, Abba Father. He was, and is, in complete control of everything. He is sovereign over all earthly events, including (or maybe even especially) our sporting events. He is Elohim – the All-Powerful One. I’m a speck of nothing. As Amos said, “I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet.” Whatever He purposes to do, that is what will be done, no matter what we may think. All I can do is sing (from the heart, meaning every word I say of John Newton’s famous hymn: “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound, That saved a WRETCH LIKE ME. I once was lost, but NOW I’m found; Was blind, but NOW I SEE!”
Answer #3: I have no power over the events that happen anywhere.
I don’t even claim control over the events of my own life. I only do things that Elohim has purposed for me to do. I attempt to walk in His Holy Presence (His Holy Spirit) every day.
So why’d I think the Cubs would win?
Answer #1: I believed that I read the signs correctly. I believed that the Cubs’ formidable curse (or curses) – a curse (or curses, placed on them by Elohim) had been removed. It still may have been. As mentioned in previous essays, I believed that the hiring of Theo Epstein – who did indeed engineer the Red Sox curse removal, who is not coincidentally Jewish – and the Jake Arrieta no-hitter, were events that reversed the curse (or curses).
Answer #2: There is no doubt that the Cubs have been cursed – study 1969… and 1984… and 2003… and many other events in their history (“College of Coaches”, anyone?). It’s not “bad luck’ – it’s a curse (I know – I suffered through many years of a curse on my team, the Phillies).
Answer #3: But, it’s not “The Billy Goat”. And it’s not the power of a movie (the “Back To The Future” link wasn’t the source of the curse’s removal, either). There is One who said “I will bless them who bless you; I will curse them who curse you.” That applies, to individuals, to nations, and to baseball teams. I think one of the reasons the Cubs didn’t win was because too many people were ready to give credit to a movie, rather than to the One who is sovereign over that movie.
Answer #4: I believe the curse (or curses) may have been broken indeed by the events listed above. The Cubs lost in four straight – but you can’t really say they ripped defeat out of the jaws of victory, like they did in 1969… and 1984… and 2003… or any other disaster you could name that has afflicted the Cubs. But, don’t forget: the Cubs did beat the Cardinals, the Number One seed in the NL, maybe in all of MLB. That defeat itself certainly indicates that these are not the same old Cubs. And, remember: not every team wins immediately after the curse has been lifted. I believe the Phillies curse was lifted in the phenomenal 23 – 22 victory over – well, none other than the Cubs, on May 17, 1979. But the Phillies didn’t win in 1979 – they were World Champions for the first time ever in 1980. Maybe this year was Step One: respectability. Maybe next year will be Step Two? I’ll leave any more prognostication to Elohim.
Answer #5: Maybe what the Cubs – and their fans – did, was so vicious and nasty that the curse is for 84 (Seven times Twelve) years – the lengths of the Phillies, Red sox, and, Brooklyn Dodgers curses. Now, which event would that be measured from? My speculation (again, see disclaimers above) is the incident in the 1935 World Series. I’m still researching the details, but a few things are clear: umpire George Moriarty considered the Anti-Semitic remarks of the Cubs bench jockeys (including Hall of Famer, Billy Herman) against a player who was blessed by Yahweh – Hank Greenberg – that he cleared the bench. Judge Landis fined three Cubs players – $200, a significant amount at the time – and umpire Moriarty (for allegedly contributing to the banter, although he was protecting Hank). Judge Landis treated the event seriously, commenting that the language the Cubs were using was “vile” and unrepeatable. Maybe the timing was against the Cubs, too: in 1935, the evil Anti-Semitic Nazi Party was in control in Germany, with the Holocaust not far away.
Now… something interesting about that Daniel Murphy… hmmmm.