Stealing Second

Rush Batting

I always enjoy a baseball game. We watch the sad Rangers once in a while at home and wonder why they’re so bad. We cheered for the Cards last fall of course. I believe the Yankees are the Philistines of baseball and to watch them lose is always a treat… however, they, like Philistines, never seem to go away.

When I was a boy growing up in Quincy, Illinois our church family would, on occasion, play softball after church potluck dinners in the field out behind our building. Terry Rush (see blog roll) was a member of that church and had an unfailing way of bringing joy and comedy to those games.  

For bases, we used some discarded cushions from my parent’s kitchen chairs. During one game, Terry was on first base and moved to second on a pop fly. The next batter came to the plate and hit a sharp grounder between first and second. Terry picked up second base, tucked it under his arm and took off for third laughing and shouting, “I’m stealing second!” I don’t know who won the game, but I know who won the day. I like that stealing is legal in baseball.  

I think God likes that you can steal in baseball too. He is gracious by nature. He provided the cities of refuge and the year of Jubilee! He forgives our sins and launches them into nothingness. He provided a way for us to live without the guilt that is rightfully ours. He designed a redemption that, like the moon when traveling at night, follows us wherever our failures occur. Paul wrote, ”In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)   

Everyone knows that stealing is wrong, but stealing second is always a joy. It’s exciting to watch the runner make a break for it. We love to see the young gun behind the plate fire his best shot to pick the runner off. I love it when anyone steals second, (except those Yankees!) I guess I just wanted to say that for each of us there comes a time to stand at the plate and face whatever is coming. Sometimes it’s low and outside – “but watch out for in your ear.” And when you’re safely on first, don’t be afraid to look down the line, tuck your guiltless joy up under your arm and take off laughing and shouting, “I’m stealing second!”

telemicus out

3 Responses to Stealing Second

  1. Dusty says:

    MT, if you’ve seen dad run then you know why he had to steal second that way!

  2. Terry Rush says:

    Mike,

    I think you guys make some of this stuff up!

    Enjoyed the post anyway….but I don’t remember what you so illustriously describe. Could it be because it’s 30 + years ago? Maybe!

  3. Michael Taylor says:

    Yes… as adults we never know what actions of ours some 11 year old kid is filing away for use 35 years down the road… come to think of it, there’s an 11 year old kid living in my house right now. Hmmmm.

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