Thursday, October 04, 2007

Throwing Strikes and Casting Crowns

Josh Beckett dominated the Angels in yesterday's series opener. While John Lackey was consistently getting strike one against the Red Sox...only to give up ringing hits later in the count, Beckett was getting strike one AND strike two. It seemed like every Angel hitter came to the plate with a two-strike count. It's very hard to win that way.

In all, the Angels got four hits as Beckett pitched a shutout. I draw comfort in the memory that we dropped the first game of every series in the 2002 post-season. It ain't over til it's over.

After the fourth inning, I set the rest of the game to record and headed to the BIG BIG BIG Fresno Fair with Lisa. In reality it's not all that big. I'm not what you'd call a "fair guy." But the weather was nice and we had tickets to see Casting Crowns.

The concert was good, but short. I think they only played 10 or 12 songs. Still, they played them well and the crowd enjoyed it. It was a nice time of worship and praise under the stars. The lead singer acted just like a youth pastor, even referring to himself as a prayer. I liked his message and his attitude. He certainly seemed authentic. He apologized for "talking at us" but nobody seemed to mind. At one point, I found out that he sounded like a youth pastor because he was one. It was obvious that he had a heart for that ministry, and a heart for God.

The concert was better than the game. But there will be another game tomorrow.


At 6:10 PM, Blogger Wendy Power said...

Did they do "Voice of Truth?" I love that one.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Hopefully the game will be better!!

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Brady said...

I wake up in the morning and read about the games on the web. I was sad to see the Angels get blanked. But it's not over till the last strike is thrown… and not dropped.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Randy said...

It's always great to enjoy such experiences (all be them short) in such unlikely places.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Thurman8er said...

Wendy, they DID "Voice of Truth," but not "Life of Praise," which is Lisa's favorite. She was bummed.

Brady, thanks for the painful memory.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Mayor of Blakersfield said...

Glad you enjoyed the concert and his message.

Unlike Brady, I was quite happy to see that Beckett blanked the Angels. :)

At 6:37 PM, Blogger cwinwc said...

Casting Crowns playing only 5 songs would be worth the price of admission. Are the Angels still in it? What about that "buggy" night at Cleveland last night?

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous timeless said...

What was THAT??? Did the Indians conjur up those bugs on purpose?? Those players needed something stronger than "OFF"...or they needed to put it on more methodically. Hey, they say that Avon's "Skin So Soft" lotion/bath oil REALLY repels least they do mosquitoes. (We used it at Campfire camp!) But they're going to LA...NO bugs there! Don't fret, Steve...they'll win!


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