October 23, 2016
For all of you late-comers who don’t know, I’m reposting an essay I wrote in April 2016, one of many I’ve been writing since last year (since September 29, 2015). I want no credit – I know nothing by myself. But I want everyone to know the One who DOES know the future. I’m only a sign-reader.
It’s important because it shows that Yahweh is in control of EVERYTHING.
The Cubs will win, 2016
April 23, 2016
Do you understand the magnitude of what I’m saying? Do you understand the magnitude of all that Elohim, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is doing?
Think about it: the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club has not won a World Series Championship since 1908. 1908 – that’s ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT YEARS AGO!
The Chicago White Sox had to wait 84 seasons from the 1920 season when the Black Sox scandal broke (they threw the 1919 Series, but the truth wasn’t revealed until the 1920 season was almost over) until they won in 2005.
The Boston Red Sox had to wait 86 years between World Series Championships – 84 seasons after they traded Babe Ruth – no, they SOLD the Bambino – to their hated rivals, the New York Yankees in 1920. They won in 2004.
The Philadelphia Phillies had to wait 97 years from their inception in 1883 to their first Championship in 1980. It had been 84 seasons, from 1897 until 1980, since they were cursed for rudely (not to mention foolishly) refusing to sign one John Peter Wagner, a minor-league prospect they scouted in New Jersey, saying he was a “good hitter.” But “he’s big and clumsy too awkward to play big league ball.” The “Curse of the Flying Dutchman” was in place – that was the nickname Honus Wagner was given when he played 21 “big league” seasons, mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With his record 8 National League batting titles, he’s still considered the greatest shortstop the Game has ever produced.
Brooklyn was an early hot-bed of baseball. There were several teams that represented the city of Brooklyn in the amateur days of the first baseball league, the National Association. And the greatest player of the 1860’s? Brooklyn boy named Lipman Pike. Who is also considered by many to be the first professional player… for the original Philadelphia Athletics. Lip Pike was extraordinarily fast in his day, and had extraordinary power. He was also Jewish. When the National Association became the first professional baseball league in 1871, hometown boy Lip Pike was nowhere near Brooklyn. That season, he played his first professional season (officially) for the Troy Haymaker’s (near Albany, but not near Brooklyn). Brooklyn had several amateur teams in 1871, but no professional ones – did this have anything to do with Lip Pike? I don’t have any details – but I suspect they insulted and disrespected one of the most important pioneers of MLB. That led to an 84-year curse on Brooklyn professional baseball… until, in December of 1954, they signed a hometown Jewish boy named Sandy Koufax… who wasn’t even present when the Brooklyn Dodgers finally won their first World Series in 1955 after going 0 and 7, and after going through a heart-wrenching string of failures.
The New York Giants were cursed for 84 years when, after two seven year curses, John McGraw, their long time manager, publically insulted Babe Ruth – funny how he keeps showing up? – by taking credit for the Bambino’s poor showings in the 1921 and ’22 World Series, which the Giants won over the Yankees. Then, he mistreated two other blessed individuals – the so-called “Rabbi of Swat”, a Jewish slugger named Mose Solomon, who was added to the team in September of 1923 and basically sat on the bench – and 1923 World Series star Casey Stengel, who was thanked by McGraw by shipping him to the Boston Braves. And, yes, Stengel was another blessed individual. The Giants played in the 1924 World Series – and lost in a Providential Game seven to the Washington Senators when, not one but TWO, ground balls “mysteriously” hit the same pebble, bouncing over third baseman Freddie Lindstrom’s head. Add to that the “strange” incident in the last inning when Giants’ catcher Hank Gowdy (a long-time veteran) “mysteriously” stepped on his mask and couldn’t catch a pop-up near home plate. The batter had new life – and drove in the Championship-winning run for the Senators. Yes – the Giants did win it all in 1933 – but that had something to do with the way new manager Bill Terry treated his Jewish players (specifically Harry Danning and Phil Weintraub, who both came up to the Giants as rookies in 1933). Terry also famously stood up for these same players when they faced discrimination at spring training in 1934. Another blessed individual – Leo Durocher – was blessed with the “Shot Hit Round the World” in 1951 and the World Series Championship in 1954. But the 84-year curse was still on the Giants’ franchise. It wasn’t officially lifted until 84 seasons after 1923 – 2007. In that year, Barry Bonds left the Giants and… they signed this kid named Madison Bumgarner… who, in the 2014 World Series did an outstanding Sandy Koufax impersonation – an unhittable left-hander. Hmmm…
The Chicago Cubs were blessed when they won in 1908 – they benefited from “Merkle’s Bone-headed Play” more than any team. That base-running blunder by the New York Giants’ rookie first baseman cost his team the pennant and opened the door for the Cubs to win.
And that was the last time… ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT YEARS AGO.
The Cubs have been cursed ever since – layers of curses, actually. There was the “Three-Finger Brown Curse” in 1912; their own “Curses of the Bambino” because of the Chicago fans ill treatment of Ruth in the 1918 Series and their WORSE treatment of the “Sultan of Swat” in 1932. That’s when the Lord providentially caused the Babe to give a sign: the famous “Called Shot”, where he took two strikes, then drove the next pitch to the exact distant spot that he appeared to be pointing. The Babe himself chose that as the greatest single moment of his career. Even more significantly, he gave glory to God by saying, in a famous interview on the topic, “Well, the good Lord must have been with me.” That was 84 seasons ago. That’s it – the “Curse of the Called Shot” is over!
What other curses? The Cubs treated another blessed player disrespectfully in the 1935 World Series. The Cubs’ bench were saying things to Mr. Greenberg that were so vile that home plate umpire George Moriarty violated the Baseball Commissioner’s strict warning not to eject any players during the World Series without his (Judge Landis’) explicit permission. He cleared the Cubs’ bench in Game Three at Wrigley, sending three Cubs to the clubhouse, including manager Charlie Grimm. As if that disrespect weren’t enough, the Cubs doubled down on this curse – “The Curse of the Hebrew Hammer” – ten years later in the 1945 World Series. Despite the fact that Hank Greenberg had lost four and a half prime years of his career because of his faithful service to his nation during World War Two, the Cubs players and the Wrigley fans treated the visiting Tiger worse than ever.
That was it! Forget the devil’s billy goat – Elohim cursed the Cubs with a “70 years in exile” – no World Series appearances for 70 seasons, starting in 1946.
Finally, they were cursed again in 1965 – the “Curse of the Koufax Cadenza.” The Cubs had a perfect game pitched against them by Sandy Koufax (who, as mentioned earlier, was blessed). Seven seven’s later (49 years), the Cubs were no-hit at Wrigley Field – they had gone that long without being no-hit – by Cole Hamels. That was on Tisha B’Av, by the way – a significant day on the Jewish calendar, the day when the two Temples in Jerusalem fell. Solomon’s Temple was destroyed on that day in 586 BC; the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD on the same day on the Jewish calendar. Then, Jacob Arrieta reversed the Koufax Curse for good when he no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers – at the exact same location where Sandy Koufax had pitched a perfect game against them.
And that’s why I’m picking the Cubs to go all the way this year. That, and the fact that they hired a Jewish man to be Club President (Theo Epstein)… It’s not because I looked at the rosters of the teams… calculated their expected Win Shares… figured out their projected WAR’s… used the Pythagorean formula… kept up on the MLB roster changes… watched the spring training games… I did none of those things…
I am picking the Cubs to WIN IT ALL after 108 years because the Curses have been lifted!
Hey, I’m a Phillies’s fan, after all. On my “heart chart”, I got the Phillies going ALL THE WAY this season! As I’ve had them going ALL THE WAY every season since Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game in 1965. But, based on what I’ve learned about how Yahweh controls everything Providentially, including Baseball… I pick the Cubs.
One more thing – here’s something else:
After the Lip Pike Curse was lifted, the Dodgers won in 1955. They moved to LA and, to show the curse was no more, they won in 1959, 1963, and in 1965.
After the Red Sox “Curse of the Bambino was lifted, they won in 2004, 2007, and 2013.
After the Giants “Muggsy Curse” (a nickname John McGraw HATED!) was over in 2007, they won in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Fascinating! I’m not sure what it means (yet) but it looks suspiciously like another group of signs that Yahweh is in complete control!
Warning: OK – no betting on the Cubs based on this! Remember Simon Magnus? He tried to profit from the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t do it! Don’t try to profit by the work of the Holy Spirit. A word to the wise is sufficient!