Tonight was where I need to take exception with Saint Augustine and John “no I’m not having fun” Calvin. Now I have to admit that I am not a very good Augustinian or Calvinist unless perchance it suits me at the time. Where I really have a problem with them in in the subject of Predestination. Now before all the hyper-Calvinists or neo-Augustinians get their panties in a wad or knickers in a twist, I am not referring to the subject of salvation, election, double predestination, or even double secret predestination. These subjects were argued between my fellow students back in seminary until I wanted to throw up.
I figure that the Deity Herself is not stupid and since She created everything, of course in cooperation with Jesus and the Holy Spirit…I am after all certainly an orthodox Trinitarian in such maters, I figure that She knows who are Hers. Where I do however differ with the former party animal (Augie) and frustrated lawyer (John Boy) is in the matter of how this applies to baseball.
Tonight was an interesting night. I got to the parking lot and the heavens opened. For 30 minutes rain came down in buckets. There was lightening and thunder, but the storm passed. The tarp was rolled away from the field but the infield was in great shape. However the umpires ruled that the outfield was unplayable. Now I have been to plenty of games at Harbor Park and seen much worse conditions which were ruled playable. Obviously this was a case of the Devil’s mischief and not a case of God’s will. For had Calvin and Augie known about Baseball and the fact that it is the preferred sport of the Almighty, they could not have made such statements about Predestination. Certainly a rain out of a home opener cannot be God’s will. I am actually predisposed to believe that the postponement or cancellation of any Baseball game is not the will of God but the work of the Devil. Now I am not one to give the Devil a lot of credence, because I believe that Christ has defeated him. Likewise I am not one to find a Demon behind every bush. However, to be sure, for God to to taunt us with beautiful weather on opening night after a deluge of the type that we experienced was not the work of God. Indeed this opening day rain out had to be the Devil’s work. I remember opening day of 2005 when the weather was 38 degrees at game time, the field wet and winds blowing 20-30 Mph with gusts to 50 mph from Center Field. That game was played, and numerous others in awful conditions.
I guess there can be a caveat in this, perhaps if the Giants or the Tides are behind in a game and it is before it becomes official that might be the work of the Deity herself, spot of Divine intervention as when Jesus turned the water into Ale (the Saxon translation) at the wedding at Cana. Of course such speculation leads to certain irregularities and inconsistency on belief, however, one has to take such matters in stride and simply trust God. Humm…trusting God, what a concept. I think I’ve read something about that before. Maybe my time in seminary actually has paid off.
Anyway, there is always tomorrow. My ticket can be used in another game, which means that I will be able to take someone with me sometime. The beauty of the season ticket is that if you miss a game for any reason you can exchange it for another game. I think that I will have a number of opportunities to take friends to games this year, as I am sure that the Devil will work to keep me from this wonderful gift of God. Tomorrow I go out again, same time, same seat, but hopefully better weather.