Thursday, October 30, 2008

Words fitly spoken

Game one in St. Petersburg: the National Anthem

Moms and know how we try to teach our kids good sportsmanship? "Do your best, have fun, and don't worry if you win or lose." Yeah, right. Sometimes even WE could hardly stand the losses.

As I watched our Tampa Bay Rays go down against the Phillies last night in game 5 of the World Series, I couldn't help but remember the losses of my kids years ago. The tears. The sulking.

But these were grown men, and refreshingly, they were acting like it. Disappointed, of course, but fully aware of the amazing season behind them and grateful for it. Worst to first. Beating Chicago, then Boston, then on to the World Series.

Perhaps first baseman Carlos Pena summed it up best: "We're a family, because that's what we are, so even though I'm extremely disappointed, at the same time, we don't want to waste too much time focusing on that. Instead, we just say, 'Thank you God for letting us get to this point' -- where we actually were able to experience defeat in the World Series, where so many have not even done that."

I'm not really a sports fan. But I am a fan of those who look at life with a proper perspective, conduct themselves with respect and walk humbly. Like the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i'm a fan of the Rays too,
and of you. my husband thinks the car picture looks normal.