And I think baseball's always been under a higher standard than football or other sports, as well. You're never going to make everybody happy on the issue. I think some people want to go back and dig up old bones, and try to form what they feel like is the truth. There's so much subjective information and innuendo and hearsay that I just think that the better thing to do [is] to realize that.Realize that it is a complicated issue and cut out the innuendo and hearsay? Blasphemy! We must maintain a shallow front of moral purity, a position in which we can be constantly outraged! Like we are now! OUTRAGE!!!
On Barry Bonds:
People get very wrapped up into the record and what it would stand for and whatnot. There's just so much hype about it, and so much controversy and debate about it. I think it's kind of like with President Bush. He's very controversial now. But the true test, or the judge, of his legacy will be 15, 20 years down the line. It's almost impossible now to really form a true evaluation of the situation, because it's so incendiary.Give it time? Wait to form an opinion? We know everything about everything as soon as it happens! We have a snarky comment for every occasion! There is no mystery! Immediacy! Imminence!
There's ongoing debate on our site about whether it's appropriate to pray for little things in life, like finding a parking space. Do you pray for victory in games, or for home runs?We find this very interesting. We had a discussion the other day about 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jerry Yang and his creepy, prattling little prayers during the hands. Our first inclination was to find such open prayer announcements garrulous and offensive. But the typical secular atheist response is: Why would God care about the outcome of a poker hand? and that misses the point of prayer entirely. So we ended up arguing that praying about such events is no different than anything else; one prays that God helps one in all things. Sure, he doesn't care about the outcome of a poker hand or a baseball came, but does care about people. That's why we found Yang and his family's prayers to win annoying and offensive. It's loathsome, showy and self-serving.
No, I really don't. I learned a lesson. I read a great book on General George S. Patton Jr., which I thought was really interesting. Here was a vile, blood-and-guts type general who would stop at nothing to get victory on the battlefield... The reason why I bring this up is, someone asked him one time, "Do you pray for victory?" And he says, "No, I don't pray for victory. I pray for the Lord to help me do my best."
Baseball players from Latin America often cross themselves before an at-bat or point to the sky after reaching base. We partly want to say that this is a small and humble gesture, and partly that it turns religion into a light-hearted nothing. We're not sure.
I've always tried to live life that way. It's just, try to be as humble as possible. And to be humble means to live in the truth, as well. I believe St. Augustine said that. So humility is--especially in this day and age in the media--a very forgotten quality. It's almost non-existent. The media doesn't want humble people now. They want dysfunctional, loud, boisterous very obnoxious people. And you're seeing a lot of that.That's what we meant to say about the pointing-to-the-sky. It doesn't seem humble; it seems boisterous and obnoxious. Tough to say. I mean, here's Bonds doing it. This is a very poignant observation from the former Mets catcher.
And as far as forgiveness, it does get intense. And there are people sometimes that try to hurt you or physically try to do things to you which aren't really sportsmanlike.Roger Clemens.
Is there any pressure among major leaguers not to express one's faith?It's true.
Not so much in athletics. But, in society today, I think that there is an assault on faith. I think that there is an assault on people who are proud of their faith. And secular progressive people are a little bit more empowered as well. It's easy to pick on Christians, so to speak, in this day and age.
It's frustrating to me when I hear these people who just don't want to feel guilt. I think that that's a really dangerous thing.