Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I remember when Todd Helton was a kid hoping to grow facial hair and waiting for a Cat to be traded or retire. The Cat being Andres Gallaraga. Andres was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and one of the more under-rated players of his time because he had the * of playing in Denver. The place where all hit and no pitch meant Thursday night softball scores instead of a MLB game. But I digress: Helton was one of the many talented kids in the minors who was waiting for an established player to leave. When he got his chance, the Rockies continued to bring in free-agents to fill gaps and win quickly while the young kids continued to develop in an improving farm system.
The wait was worth it. The kids who played in Colo Spgs made it to the biggest show in the game. Yes, they got swept by another great team. Sometimes that happens. Don't forget that the 1970 Reds were swept by the Baltimore Orioles. Two years later, the Reds lost in 7 games to a great Oakland A's team. Three years later, the Reds added the first of two in a row World Series titles. I see some resemblance in the 1970 Reds and the 2007 Rockies. There were a bunch of young players learning to play together and learning how to win a championship. The Rockies are learning how to win. I think they will be back in the playoffs for the next few years and, maybe, in the World Series a couple of more times. Will they finally win? Let's watch and see.
I didn't jump on the bandwagon, but everyone loves to watch a parade.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Meanwhile, Ian and I will figure out what to do for dinner, eat some popcorn and/or icecream and watch a movie. Maybe I will carve his pumpkin.
After he goes to bed, I will get caught up on my Greek homework.
That may sound like a boring night, but I kinda like it!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
"God loved a lost world and gave His only Son to be a missionary. I love a lost world and I am a missionary, heart and soul. In this service I hope to live and in it I wish to die."
“To deny oneself is to be aware only of
“The first call which every Christian experiences is the call to abandon the attachments of this world.”
“To endure the cross is not tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to
More likely, and if you are Manager Clint Hurdle you will expound on this, this was the Rockies first appearance in a World Series in a venue that has hosted many big post-season games. They looked more intimidated by the surroundings and the big stage than anything else. It is one thing playing a meaningless inter-league series in June and playing the Series in October. Okay, the first game is out of the way. The Red Sox have in the bag. Now the Rockies can shake the first game jitters and play like they know how and resemble the team that won 21 of 22 to get here.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
How can this be applied today? If God compels you to say something to an individual, you had better do it. If I am preaching, I had better say what God has placed me in the pulpit to say. If I am on a mission trip, I had better share with whom God wants me to share. If my neighbor says hello and God tells me to invite them to church or engage in conversation, I had better do it. He may have greater things for that person than I realize. I do not want to be the vessel that won't share His word or message.
If God tells you to speak up, then speak up!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Rocky Mountain Oysters for Boston Clam Chowder
Coors Beer (the whole production) for Samuel Adams (1 keg)
The Broncos for the Bruins (hey, NY has two hockey teams)
'Melo and AI for KG and PP
I am sure there are other wager options but lets not get carried away.
Friday, October 19, 2007
There has been a lot I have wanted to write about this week, biblically speaking, but I will wait until next week. I am just now finishing Isaiah and will go over to Ezekiel. I have never studied that book and I know of a couple of passages I would like to preach on but I need the whole context of the book before I do so. Anyone have any good ideas of study helps for Ezekiel?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
On a side note, my favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds, have chosen Dusty Baker as the 60th manager in their history. He will be trying to improve upon a team that finished 72-90 and 80-82 over the last two years. Starting pitching and a reliable bullpen are the two main concerns for him. I don't agree with the media when they say he ruins the arms and pitching careers of young pitchers. Kerry Wood and Mark Prior had arm injuries prior to his arrival in Chicago. In fourteen years of managing, these are the only two pitchers (and highly visible) that had problems while he was manager. I am not worried about it.
But the Reds are in hiatus until late February, so:
Friday, October 12, 2007
If you were able to get away for a week by your self, where would you go and what would you take. Limit yourself to 5 items. I will start:
Place: A small, Irish cottage near the sea with a peat fireplace
- Fishing pole
- A history book I haven't read yet
Let's hope the Rockies/Sky Sox continue their amazing stretch of games.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
If you are a student of history, and I know some of you are, this article will be of great interest to you. The Annuls of the Four Masters has been put together for the first time in nearly 400 years. It is being shown in one of the greatest libraries in the world: the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin. The article is worth the read.
On the other hand, the Rockies have sold out all 3 potential home games. It is cheaper for a Rockies fan to FLY to Phoenix and buy a ticket for tonight's game than to buy a home ticket in Denver!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Indiana University has started turning things around with the team Coach Heoppner built and Coach Lynch is leading. After whomping on Minnesota, IU is 5-1, getting some love from the Top 25 voters and on the verge of bowl eligibility. The way this past weekend ended up in the Big Ten, every game on the IU schedule is winnable.
Friday, October 05, 2007
It was good to see the Indians win, especially by spanking the Yankees. It is always good to see the Yankees lose.
The Cubbies are in a heap o' hurt after losing both games in the desert.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Now, on to the playoffs at hand. I live in Colorado but have never been a Rockies fan. When the Blake Street Bombers were the identity of the club, I couldn't stand them for many reasons. I thought the TV and radio commentators were horrible (Dave Campbell, now on ESPN, was the main guy). They had no pitching. I saw better pitching in the slow-pitch softball league I played in. All their "talent" were obtained through trades and free agency.
Because of that, I watched the Rockies local AAA team, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. I watched guys like Barry Helton, Brad Hawpe, Garrett Atkins and Matt Halladay play. Whoa, wait a minute! These are the guys on the Rockies now! I have enjoyed watching the Rockies this year because their farm system has produced some dynamic players. I feel like I am watching the Sky Sox.
No, I am not jumping on a bandwagon. I am rooting for the kids I have watched over the last 13 years. Go Sky Sox! errr...I mean Rockies!