In a baseball game last night, retiring Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees was heartlessly booed by Red Sox fans continuously when he pinch-hit in the 7th inning with the Red Sox leading 4-2. This action of heart and mind from the fans connected to a massive momentum shift in the game. From that point:
- 7 for 16 hitting: .438 batting average
- 3 walks, so 10 for 19 OBP: .526
- 7 runs in 3 innings: average of 21 runs/game
- 1 for 10 hitting: .100 average (with 4 strikeouts)
- 3 wild pitches (lack of command/confidence)
- 0 runs
In addition, the very heart-full David Ortiz of the Red Sox (also in his final season) fouled a ball off his right shin in an at-bat after this incident, with fans witnessing several minutes of Ortiz in horrible pain on the field, and unable to stand unassisted.
4-minutes of David Ortiz hugging Yankee fans on the streets of New York:
Is this an example of spiritual “Sportuality?”
The people humans consider spiritual leaders communicate some common themes:
- All Life is connected.
- Give as you want to receive, because you will.
- Shape your character and future with virtuous thoughts, words, and actions.
May you find inspiration to be the person you’ve always wanted to be everywhere in Life.
Note: I have a childhood-embraced relationship with the Boston Red Sox: when I was eight-years-old, I began reading the newspaper article on my home team’s baseball game to bring life to what I already understood by reading data in the box score.
When I would talk about baseball as a boy, people would often ask, “What is your favorite team?” This question would puzzle me, and I would have to explain that there were so many teams I knew nothing about that such an answer wasn’t possible (I never met anyone with the patience/interest to understand that perspective).
Of course, I would often receive the similar question, “Who is your favorite player?” Embracing my failure to communicate, I was pleased to discover a player with my name, Carl, who the previous year had won the “Triple Crown” for most home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. Carl Yastrzemski became my favorite player from age eight until he retired when I was 23, and the Boston Red Sox became my favorite team.
That emotional connection lasts into the present, as I often have the Red Sox game up on my computer as I research and write 🙂