Tarry for the Nonce

October 21, 2005

I’m Not Sure of the Ethics in Posting This

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 11:57 am

I am on a mailing list for a group of my sister’s friends and one of the guys (cryptically known as “Z-man”) sent this today:

As many of you know, I was in Cologne, Germany for World Youth Day this past August. On one particular day we had mass with all the people who had come from the Chicago Archdiocese, over 500 people in all, with Cardinal Francis George in attendence.

After mass, people had a chance to get up and speak in front of the whole church, telling all in attendence how important this pilgrimage was in their journey of faith and how much they enjoyed being there.

Well, being the person I am, I wanted to lighten the mood a little as well as do what ever I could to help out my favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. White Sox leadoff man Scott Podsednik had just gotten hurt and the Sox had lost seven in a row. So I got up in line.

When I was given the microphone, I simply said, “Cardinal George, were (sic) all enjoying ourselves and having a great time here at World Youth Day, but we would also have a great time if we could get a World Series in Chicago. So, is there any way we can get some divine intervention for our Chicago White Sox?”

I was roundly booed by the entire church! I couldn’t believe so many Cubs fans showed up. Shouldn’t they be at Wrigley, boozing it up? Since I had the microphone, I should have said “If I was in the Cardinals position, I would excommunicate all you Cubs fans!” But, like Christ I decided to turn the other cheek.

Cardinal George then asked how the Sox were doing and after getting a response he told the crowd, “Oh,oh. Their losing. Well, if we can get Cubs fans and Sox fans to go to church together, then anything is possible. I will talk to the Pope and we’ll see what we can do” (in regards to intercessionary prayer).

With a week left in the season, and the hard charging Cleveland Indians only 1.5 games back, I knew something was up when in the bottom of the ninth inning Indians Centerfielder Grady Sizemore lost a ball in the sun that allowed the lowly Kansas City Royals to bet them while the Sox won that day. This wwas the start of everything that went the White Sox way. And what do you know, they’re in the World Series for the first time in forty-six years. Never hurts to pull out all the stops. Even if they don’t win, at least I got to see
them get there. Thank you, God!


Nah, it couldn’t be . . .



  1. My prediction: The Sox win the series in 4. Yes, now that I’ve publicly stated it, I may find myself wrong…but I think they’ll do it.

    :o) And if God is really on the Sox side, well, hey, that works for me ;o)

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 25, 2005 @ 9:44 am

  2. Thanks for the good word Pope Benedict and Cardinal George, oh yeah, and You too, Lord! Haha, this is an awesome day, and it is only now just starting to sink in that the White Sox won the freakin’ World Series in 2005! Schweet! If you’re not a die-hard Sox fan, just sit back and enjoy the ride and don’t get in the way.

    Andrew…nice prediction, nice one.

    Comment by Mueller — October 27, 2005 @ 12:07 pm

  3. 😀 Thanks….I would have posted after the first game, but there was no sort of baseball talk at that point. Let’s see…what did my brother have on our wall in giant dot matrix ascii letters…to make fun of my team preference when we were kids….oh yeah:

    White Sox Rule! Cubs Drool!

    But hey, as long as a Chicago team wins, I’m happy. Now…Let’s Go Bears!!!! ;o)

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 27, 2005 @ 3:45 pm

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