Update on the 2016 All-Star Game
June 28, 2016
Below is the essay I wrote last year about the 2015 All Star Game. I expect Jewish players to be there again because the year is not a Shemitah, but a Jubilee Year. This is, essentially, a Super-Shemitah! The last two Jubilees (which happen every fifty years) saw some really spectacular events in World History related to Israel: in 1917, the Balfour Declaration was announced (which allowed the rebuilding of a Jewish homeland) and in 1967, Israel won the Six Days War, and, for the first time in over 2000 years, Israel controlled all of Jerusalem, but especially the Temple Mount. Could it be the building of the Third Temple? We shall see.
Anyway – it’s gonna take a while until we’re able to watch the Cubs win it all this year, just as I’ve predicted (based on the study of Elohim’s working in Baseball History, not because “they’re a good team.”) Wouldn’t it be fun to make some near-predictions? I’d rather let Yahweh surprise me like He did last year (I could have fell on my face when Sandy Koufax – of all people – threw out the ONE AND ONLY first pitch).
Maybe, since it’s the Cubs’ year, there will be Cubs doing great things! I’d love to see Chris Bryant win the Home Run Derby. Wouldn’t it be cool if Jake Arrieta got the win for the National League? And maybe the All Star Game MVP will also be a Cub (blessings come in threes!) – like Ben Zobrist?
I have no reason for these choices, other than the leading of the Holy Spirit. If they are His will, they WILL happen!
Jewish Players in the 2015 All Star Game
From September 25, 2014 to September 12, 2015 is the Shemitah year 5775 on the Jewish calendar. A Shemitah occurs every seven years, starting with the giving of the Torah to Moses and the Chosen People of Yahweh, the Israelites. The Shemitah can be either a blessing or a curse to the descendents of the Israelites, modern-day Jewish people. I have discovered a link that connects the Shemitah and Jewish baseball players.
The record for the most Jewish players in an All Star game is 3 – a tie between two years. The first was in 1999, with Mike Lieberthal, Shawn Green, and Brad Ausmus, and in the last Shemitah season, 2008, with Ryan Braun, Kevin Youkilis, and Ian Kinsler. This year may or may not have set a new record, depending on who we count as Jewish. There are two players who are definitely Jewish: Ryan Braun and Dodgers’ phenom, a rare rookie starting an All Star Game, the surprising second-place finisher of the Home Run Derby on Monday, Joc Pederson. There are two players who have definite Jewish ancestry, but are not practicing Jews: Paul Goldschmidt (who is a Christian) and Jason Kipnis (a practicing Roman Catholic with a Jewish father). That’s four total players who could be counted as Jewish, but not religiously.
There are two intriguing possibilities, which could make the total 6. One is Madison Bumgarner. He is “a Baptist” according to his mother, and he has spoken of his Christian faith. But “Bumgarner” more than likely is a deliberate corruption of the more common Jewish name, Baumgartener. It’s possible his ancestors were Jewish, changing the spelling of their name to hide their Jewishness (a common practice in the past, when American Anti-Semitism was more common). Anyway: the key reason for suspecting that he has a Jewish bloodline is his phenomenal performance in the 2014 World Series, occurring in a Shemitah year. It seems that Jewish players seem to shine in World Series that occur in Shemitahs, It’s an extensive list, but Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, and Larry Sherry were three Jewish players who especially excelled in Shemitah years. The fact that Madison Bumgarner’s post-season was so incredible, and his over-all World Series numbers have been so mind-boggling, suggests that there is a Shemitah link involved. The only pitcher in recent memory who was just as unhittable was a fella by the name of Sandy Koufax… who was amazingly over-powering in both the 1963 and 1965 World Series (1965 being a Shemitah)… who is also Jewish… and who “just happened” to be selected to throw out the one and only ceremonial first pitch in the 2015 All-Star Game… who, at the age of 79, having been retired for 49 years, still threw a pitch with something on it to Johnny Bench.
The other interesting possibility is starting pitcher for the American League: Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. I know – “not Jewish”. Is everybody with a German last name Jewish? No – but there is historical evidence that many people whose ancestors come from Germany have Jewish blood. If he does or doesn’t, it is possible – Yahweh knows, even if we don’t. It is also interesting that one of the possible derivations of the derogatory term “kike” for a Jew is that it comes from the Yiddish word for “circle”, pronounced “ky-kel”, exactly the same pronunciation of the pitcher’s name. It was said that illiterate Jewish immigrants on Ellis Island refused to use an “X” as their signature because it reminded them of the Christian cross. Instead, they signed their documents with a “circle” – ky-kel in Yiddish. Maybe a stretch, but wouldn’t it be just like our sovereign Lord to pull off these coincidences?
So… if we count six players – and add one, Sandy Koufax, who threw out the first pitch, that makes… hmmm … 7 (SEVEN?) Could it be?
By the way: a lot of people questioned the addition of Ryan Braun as a reserve – he was added to replace another player who chose not to play Isn’t that odd that he was added, especially since Milwaukee was being represented by relief pitcher Francisco Hernandez, and another Brewers teammate was having a better season than he was. Nevertheless, he was selected and tripled in his only at-bat late in the game.
Did you also realize another fascinating connection: are you aware that “Koufax” is not Sanford’s birth name? His mother remarried a lawyer after Sandford was two years old, whose surname was Koufax. His surname at birth was – of all things – Braun. As in Steve Braun, former major leaguer… as in Ryan Braun… the son of Steve… We can find the Lord’s providence in many things!
How about this: the All Star Game took place in Cincinnati this year. Sandy Koufax, however, played his entire career for the Dodgers – first, in Brooklyn, then in Los Angeles. Other than pitching against the Reds there, he has no Major League connection to the city. He did start his pitching career at the University of Cincinnati (one year, in 1954), but that’s not too strong a link. The reason why he was there was because he, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Johnny Bench were just named the four “Greatest Living Players.” Still – there were a lot of people who criticized the choice of Sandy Koufax as one of the “Greatest Living Players” for several reasons. There are those who are saying Tom Seaver – who spent several seasons pitching for the Reds – should have been chosen for this honor. But, ultimately, it was the fans’ choice, and they voted for Koufax more than any other pitcher. Of course, Elohim really picked him to throw out the first pitch in this, a Shemitah. His choice beats any others by a long shot!