October 6, 2016
As we head into the playoff season, I thought it would be instructive to look back at what I said about Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. I believed (at the time) that the Cubs would win last year.
Sorry – I am but flesh… none of these insights are of my doing.
I didn’t realize the significance of the Babe’s Called Shot last year. 1932 + 84 = 2016…
So the Cubs will win THIS year.
Why the Cubs will win it all in 2015.
I’ve been studying Baseball History since a year ago. It started with noticing that MLB history had repeated itself. Not coincidently, the Giants won the NL pennant in 2014, almost exactly 63 years after the moment that had been voted “The Most Memorable Moment in Sports History” many times – the most famous radio broadcast of all time. It was called “The Shot Hit ‘Round the World”: New York Giants third baseman Bobby Thomson, hitting a three-run homer to win the three-game series over their bitter rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ralph Branca was on the mound for the Dodgers, a fact I focused on in one of my baseball devotionals I had done in chapel at school on “The Theology of Suffering.” The moment was immortalized by Giants’ announcer Russ Hodges legendary call: “The Giants Win the Pennant! The Giants win the pennant…” In 2014, Travis Ishikawa of the San Francisco Giants hit a three-run homer to win the NLCS over the Cardinals – and Joe Buck called it with the same words: “The Giants Win the Pennant!”
Why was this important? Well, my contention was that Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is sovereign over all areas of life, and that He had shown His providential hand in Major League Baseball history as well as in world history. The Biblical promise to Abraham was passed on to his earthly children – the Jewish people. That eternal promise was “I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who curse you.” Yahweh was especially involved in the lives and careers of Jewish baseball players. This included His special blessing (or, it could be cursing, as happened to the son of a Hungarian Jewish woman, Ralph Branca) every seven years during the Shemitah years. The word “Shemitah’ means “release” – it was the time when the People of Israel were supposed to recycle their economy, which involved the cancellation of debts and freedom from slavery. Every 50 years – after the seventh Shemitah – Israel was to celebrate a Jubilee Year. This is basically a “super-Shemitah” – what happened in a normal Shemitah, only more intense. The 1951 event was during a Shemitah; the 2014 event was during a Shemitah. This year of 2015 – 2016 is a Jubilee Year.
Typically, especially in Shemitah years, Yahweh (also known as Elohim) will bless a team that either has a Jewish player or has treated a Jewish person well. It seems that usually a pitcher suddenly becomes unhittable. I believe a player with probable Jewish ancestry – Madison Bumgarner – was that pitcher last year, and Jake Arrieta is that pitcher in the Jubilee Year World Series.
But the most significant reason the Cubs will win is because their 107 (one hundred and SEVEN) year curse has been lifted. It has nothing to do with the Billy Goat; it has everything to do with their General Manager, Theo Epstein… who, yes, is Jewish. And it is NOT a coincidence that Theo Epstein was the General Manager of the 2004 Boston Red Sox… when the broke their “Curse of the Bambino.”
On my chart of events in baseball associated with the Shemitah, I wrote this months ago:
15 Cheshvan 5768 29 October 2007 Boston Red Sox win w/ Theo Epstein