We are now nine days into October. This is probably one of my favorite months for one reason only: the Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs occupy this whole month. They began this past Tuesday and will not end for some time. The first round of the playoffs is called the Wild Card round. It is a one game playoff. The team that wins moves forward and the team that loses goes home.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Wild Card round of the MLB playoffs. It is the top of the 7th inning and the Cubs are up 4-0. There are two outs and nobody on base. Jake Arrieta, the Cubs pitcher, steps up to the plate and the first pitch hits him in the hip. Previously, in this game, Arrieta had hit two of the Pirates’ players. It is difficult to tell how intentional each hit by pitch was, but the Pirates took it personally (which is something all baseball teams would do). When Tony Watson, the Pirates pitcher, hit Arrieta, you could tell from a mile away how intentional it was. Now instead of just walking to first base, Arrieta started to yell at Watson. This led to both teams coming out of their dugouts and onto the field. There were no punches thrown, but lots of shoving took place. Out of all of this, only one player was ejected. Sean Rodriguez, the first baseman for the Pirates, says that David Ross, of the Cubs, began to choke him as a way to calm him down. This of course only made Rodriguez more upset and resulted in his ejection. Now Rodriguez did not take this lightly. He proceeded into the dugout and found himself upset at one of team’s water coolers. He decided that it needed to be shown who is boss and started to punch it. Once it fell to the ground in defeat, he simply walked out of the dugout and into the clubhouse where he would spend the rest of the night watching the game.
On Thursday, Rodriguez tweeted an apology for his actions and also mentioned that he had apologized to the water cooler and forgiveness had been given. There are no hard feelings between them. The interesting part of his tweet is how he opened it. He started by quoting Romans 3:23-24 which says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” That could not be any truer. This may seem like a silly story and we all laugh, but in reality it’s true. Baseball is a game, but the people who play the game are real. Christ Jesus brought redemption and it is for all people, including Sean Rodriguez.