Aaron Summers

Don’t Get Picked Off

In Life and Culture on October 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

The last thing the first base coach probably reminded Wong was to not get picked off.  Wong will, now, be forever remembered as the first to ever get picked off at first base in a World Series game.  Down by 2, the Cards had Beltran at the plate.  There was not reason Wong should have ever been in a situation to get picked off in the first place.  His run was not what mattered.  Certainly he needed to score, but he was not going to steal and he was never to be picked off.

What can we learn from this moment in history?

Knowledge and action are not the same thing.  Wong had the knowledge, I suppose, of the game situation.  He knew he needed to score but that would not be enough.  He knew that this was a critical moment.  He knew that under no circumstance was he to get picked off.  He knew that he needed to stay in play to provide the possibility for extra innings.  Wong knew all of these things, but he still got picked off.  Knowledge that does not lead to action is wasted.  Paul writes to the churches in Colossae expressing this same sentiment.

We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

Gain knowledge.  Go to Bible studies.  Go to seminars.  Learn.  Just remember that all this learning is to be put into practice.  Paul prayed they would grow in knowledge for the purpose of walking worthy and bearing fruit.

Check your position.  In the video, I noticed Wong took one step too many and the dirt was loose.  When he went to jump back he was too far and his foot slipped a little.  He had put himself in a position that cost him and the team a significant advantage in this series.  The difference of being up 3-1 and tied 2-2 is huge when game 5 is in St. Louis.  It could have been over.  Now it will be finished in Boston where the fans will want retribution for the difficult, but accurate, call in game 3.  One wrong move can cause a wave of difficulty.

In the spring when kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem.

The rest of the story is how King David committed adultery, plotted and murdered the husband, and watched his family fall apart.  He put himself in the wrong position and it cost him his reputation.  Despite all the good David did, everyone knows this story!  Wong will never be forgotten, but for all the wrong reasons!  Check your position.

Put your knowledge to good use.  Don’t get caught in the wrong place.  Making a mistake because you are trying to “make a play” is one thing, but that is not the case here.  A poor choice was made.  Don’t make this same error.  One step less and things might be different.  The series could still be tied, but the news would be different.  You don’t want to make the headlines at school or work or in the public in this fashion.

Don’t get picked off!

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