Monthly Archives: May 2008

5/22/08 – BASEBALL WORSHIP IS SERIOUS BUSINESS… TO SOME

Last Sunday was a big deal for my family. My daughter, Amelia, 7, got her First Communion at St. Therese Catholic Church in Seattle. Now, my husband and I never considered ourselves particularly religious – and, honestly, probably bordering on the religiously apathetic – but I’ve gone to church with my daughter just about every Sunday since January because she wanted to get Communion. I warned her… that she’d have to pony-up and start going to church…. but she was not deterred. So, I was there , too. (Father and son, 6, sleep in and watch cartoons.) Anyway, there was a party, etc., etc. she got cards and presents.

fieldofdreams.jpgWhat does all of this have to do with baseball? Well, there are many who consider baseball a religion. We’ve all probably heard that mentioned in jest. But there are those churches that have “baseball worship services.” I heard about them a while back and just decided to delve into the topic more thoroughly. And I found some pretty interesting stuff.

For starters, a decade ago there was a church in northern Georgia that narrowly averted legal action brought on by confused parishioners when the sermon revolved around baseball. This public rebuke was met with an apology from the priest in charge, who was probably equally confused. But, it’s his job to know his flock, yes? I wonder if MLB would have sent in a team of lawyers to defend the guy.

Here’s a time where the readings in a sermon adapted a passage from the book of Romans in the New Testament. The reverend used some baseball terminology: “And so, fellow teammates, I plead with you to give your team to God. Let them be willing to make a holy sacrifice–the kind deep in the outfield. When you think of what God has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the other team, but let God transform you into a new player by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his coaching really is.” (Romans 12:1-2 NRBV – New Revised Baseball Version)

In fact, the guy who wrote that adaptation, Rev. Larry Davies, included a portion of it in his book, Live The Light, where members of his church face-off in a game against some of the game’s iconic players.

If you have a subscription to the New York Times, you might find this article interesting (if you don’t have a subscription, you can read the beginning paragraph, which is also cool, and may entice you to get a subscription…) soccerasreligion.jpgIt is from 1912 and a church’s annual baseball worship service. Some of the New York Giants were in attendance. Probably just covering their bases. Ok. That was pretty bad. I’ll be here through Thursday, folks.

More recently, however, a writer drew comparisons to how the changes in his church are akin to the changes in how kids now like soccer over baseball (his assertion). Soccer, he said, is faster, and along with the added movement, there is more excitement. He looked at how his church could adapt and become more like soccer and less like baseball.

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5/1/08: April’s been berry, berry good to me

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April was our long-awaited (by us) book launch. It was the culmination of four years of thought, execution, near-executions and family neglect. (Check out the book at www.TheSavvyGirls.com)

How did we celebrate? On April 1, release date, Jackie and I drove around Seattle and took pictures of our book in various stores. Total dorks. Thank God we found eachother.

By the end of the month, we had this great article by Doug Miller, senior writer for MLB.com. It was featured, front-and-center, on the MLB.com website.  Don’t believe us? Here’s the screen shot. I had to take it, knowing that these things are fleeting: 

MLBScreenShot.JPGThanks, Doug.  He’s a Seattle-guy, too, but likely got wind of us from our own Mark at MLB.com HQ in NYC. You both rock. Specifically, Doug’s retelling of our interview w/ a bonehead “sports reporter” was fun to read.  I blogged about the guy earlier this week in “Dark Interview in the Dark.”

This month, we also had a couple book launch parties.  Jackie’s good at many things but one thing she truly excels at is party planning.

One party included a tour of Safeco Field (my 6 y.o. son tried to pick the lock of the snack machine in the visitor’s locker room) followed by a public party at Pyramid Brewery, directly across from the stadium. The night was capped with an intimate “after party” with us standing in the rain w/ our two husbands along Seattle’s Alki Beach and cracking a bottle of Dom Perignon that Jackie and John had saved for a special moment. Glad this rated.

Then we had a more private shindig red velvet-clad “Grotto,” which is really theBLG-D&Jcake2.jpg basement of The Renezvous bar on 2nd Ave in Seattle’s hip Belltown neighborhood. Here’s me caught stealing some cake…

We are starting our book tour in a month w/ a event with the Washington Nationals on 6/5.  This is especially nice for me because it was my old stomping grounds.  Well, not exactly Southeast D.C. where the new stadium is…  (When I was a teen, we were instructed never to go to SE and, if we were ever lost there, we were encouraged to run red lights)  But, I hear “revitalization,” etc., etc. born from the Nats new park have made the place a little nicer.  I’ll see in a month and report back. 

Us and some friends at the Grotto party.


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D&J in front… w/ Dave at top far left, Tim, John (Jackie’s squeeze), Andrew (Tim’s squeeze) and Michael (D’s squeeze).  Yes, we need to find Dave a squeeze…