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A thought on forgiveness, or: Man, I'm glad I'm not a Cardinals Fan

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So the Cardinals lose in six, sending the Astros the their first World Series in their existence. There, the Astros will meet the White Sox, who last appeared in the Series in 1959. The last time before that was 1919, and we all know what happened. So, we're all happy about this match-up, right? Right?

Well, probably not. Although D-Train may disagree with me, the White Sox and the Astros are probably the best teams (in their respective conferences) in the playoffs. This year's series won't be a shoot-out, but has (arguably) the best pitching line-up in the modern era.

So, the 'Stros and the ChiSox. It may not have turned out this way: a few calls going the other way, and we could've seen Angels/Cardinals. Yes, it was a horrible week for the umpires and referees in professional sports.

Let us not talk about the end of the Falcons/Saints game. Or the end of the USC/ND game. Even those games were big, they aren't playoff games.

So, we have "The Call" in Game 2 of the ALCS. The umpire completely messed up. "The catcher shoulda...," yeah, but fault the Ump. That call goes the other way, the Angels may have had a 2-0 lead going back to Anaheim. I still think the Sox would have one--they were the better team--but it coulda been different.

The game last night had a phantom tag that...well...coulda...

Or NLCS game 3, where LaRussa gets thrown out. Then Edmonds. Yeah, they probably deserve being thrown out, but they were also (probably) right. That ump's strike zone was so big it should be the punchline to a "Yo Momma" joke.

Who knows, man, it coulda been different.

So, perhaps, like me, this makes you want to think of forgiveness.

Personally, I subscribe to the whole "forgive but don't forget/fool me once..." school of thought. But, of course, some forgiveness is easier than other. (I find it relatively easy to forgive someone who shows remorse.)

Is there something different in trying to forgive those who's sole job is to make sure things are fair? What to do with the judge who sentences an innocent man?

Also, it seems that I am equating forgiveness with being fair; that the function of forgiveness is in order to make things "right" or making it a return to a natural order or something. I'm not sure that this is a valid way of thinking about forgiveness. If forgiveness is not somehow related to being fair, then I am unsure of why we should forgive.

4 Responses to “A thought on forgiveness, or: Man, I'm glad I'm not a Cardinals Fan”

  1. Blogger Rusty 

    Interesting thoughts, Pris. When you say "fair" I suspect you're talking about justice. Justice is a good thing, but it can't be the only thing. I certainly don't want things to be fair, in the end I want more leniency than I've given, I want more blessings than I deserve. The final judgement will require justice, but Christ's forgiveness (mercy) "overpowereth" justice.

    My point is that if we are to become a god-like being like Christ, we need to forgive. We can't be fully like him without that eternal characteristic.

  2. Blogger annegb 

    See, this is what I'm saying. The Cardinals are the most self defeating team ever. And I love them. Or used to.

  3. Blogger D-Train 

    I think that forgiveness is about removing enmity from one's heart. It is often said that "forgive, but don't forget" is the same as not forgiving. This is true when one continues to hold malice in one's heart, but one cannot be expected to literally not know that something occurred. You may forgive your rapist and yet refuse to accompany him down a dark alley. You may forgive a thief and yet lock your door. And, you may forgive a home plate umpire, but yet insist that the evidence demonstrates that he has no business holding a job anywhere near the top of his profession.

    The point of forgiveness is to remove the hatred and resentment from one's heart that being wronged provides. It is this removal that is key to being a Christlike individual. With that hatred there, we can't hope to progress much.

  4. Blogger D-Train 

    I'll post separate comments on the sports and the forgiveness.

    I'll agree that Houston deserved to win the NLCS. Although the umpiring was truly horrible and uniformly harmed St. Louis, it wasn't enough to account for an offense that simply could not score.

    That said, they were emphatically not the best team. 162 games in the regular season (and, heck, throw in the postseason results) demonstrated that Houston were not just a little inferior to St. Louis, but significantly so. The Cards were better in record, record vs. Houston, run differential, and pretty much every other generally accepted measure of team competence. This in addition to the fact that St. Louis experienced injuries that dwarfed anything Houston went through (shoot, having Bagwell out of the lineup might have helped the Astros, especially down the stretch) convinces me that, at best, the second best team in the National League is in the World Series. And, oh yeah. Even counting the playoff success, Houston is 39-47 in parks not built by a retarded monkey.

    They deserve to be there, but the best team is obviously at home.

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