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To keep or give away . . . a baseball

This is a totally non-religious topic, but I thought it raised some good questions. 

I attended the Cubs game the other day with my daughter, her husband and their friend.  We had really good seats; about 5 rows back from the visiting team’s dugout on the first base side.  When the other team would come back to the dugout at the end of the inning, one of the players would throw the ball to a child, which is always a nice gesture.  But later in the game, a young man about 20 rows behind us caught a foul ball.  A young boy, say about 10 or 12, had run over from the next section in an attempt to get the ball.  He wasn’t even close to getting it, but when the young man sat down with the ball, the crowd booed.  He stood up and celebrated like everyone who catches a ball does, and the crowd still booed.  Eventually, he threw the ball over to the young boy and the crowd cheered. 

This led to a discussion amongst our little group as to whether the young man should have been pressured into giving up the ball.  I know in the big scheme of life, this is a pretty unimportant issue, and we’re not talking about a playoff winning home run ball.  But it raised the question of what would we have done?  Two in our group thought the young man should have given up the ball and two of us, the only real baseball fans in the group, said he should have or could have kept it.

One person said it would have meant more to the kid to have the ball.  Two of us thought that it would have meant just as much to the adult, whose probable life-long (misplaced?) love of the Cubs made it just as thrilling as it would have been to the youth.  On the other hand, one of those two said that if they had caught the ball, they probably would have handed it over to one of the two young kids sitting behind us, as there was no way they would have stood a chance to catch the ball with all the adults around them. 

Sure, the unselfish thing to do would have been to give the ball to the child; after all, it really was just a ball. But . . . what would you have done?

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  1. Hmm..I have to admit that I’m leaning along the lines of Kath here. It’s along the same lines of instant gratification hasn’t helped any of us if we’re honest. The child wasn’t related to the adult nor sitting in that section. I’d have given it to a child sitting in my vacinity for the reasons you said.

  2. 10-11-2009 11:08:15 PM CST
    This is very difficult because there is a child involved, however our children NEED to feel disappointment, anger, loss, etc. in order to grow and to be responsible and respectable adults. If we don’t allow them to learn and deal with these emotions, we are doing them a great disservice. We don’t need to trample on their egos, but we don’t need to fulfill their every whim. And by missing a ball at the ball park, that’s just the breaks, better luck next time. What about the other thousands of kids that were there that day?

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