By the time you are reading this, I will be cruising east on Interstate 10 towards Phoenix, Arizona. Destination: Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the spring training version of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be playing the spring training version of the Chicago Cubs of Chicago at 1:00pm Mountain Standard Time. This is my much anticipated annual baseball weekend getaway that my wife, Marti has given me for Christmas the last five years. And just what is the spring training vision of a major league baseball team? It’s basically the anticipated first string regulars playing the first five innings while the minor league prospects pick up the last four innings, and any who are fighting for yet unclaimed positions play the hardest of anyone.
I love everything about this trip, from the road trip out there, to the games, to the hotel stay, to the breakfasts (my favorite meal out which I hardly ever get the time for) to the ride back. You can look forward to some stories this year about these things behind the scenes. Expect to hear about the newest Angels phenom from Japan, Shohei Ohtani, who is both a star pitcher and a home run hitter, something you have to go back to Babe Ruth to find. And you’ll undoubtedly hear whether Mike Trout has managed to stay his humble self, and whether Albert Pujols lost any weight over the winter, and how Ian Kinsler is fitting in with the team that used to be his most hated enemy, and how good the hot dogs are at the stadium, and where you can find the best pancakes in Phoenix, etc..
And what does any of this have to do with the Catch and Grace Turned Outward? Everything. Because God’s grace is everywhere, and His hand can be seen in everything, and He loves life, and He loves people, so He loves people loving life, and we will look and look and look until we find Him, and you will be surprised at where and how He shows up. So don’t miss anything, even if you don’t like baseball, because it’s not about baseball, it’s about how baseball is all about God.
And there’s also one more thing. This is the weekend I’m going to figure out if I’m willing to make amends to all the people I have harmed, and since I know a number of you are doing this too, you might want to join me in the process, because we are still at:
Step 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.