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Posted: Apr 7, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Yesterday was the opening day for the 2009 Major League baseball season. Most of you know that I am an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan. I can honestly say that I have been a Cubs fan since I was 4 years old. Opening Day is such an exciting time. Every team is filled with such hope and expectancy with the dream that this year could possibly be the year that they win it all.

I remember to this day the very first Cubs game I ever went to. I was 4 years old and was completely enamoured with Wrigley Field. Like the Cubs or hate em, I have never met a person that can tell me that they can’t stand Wrigley Field. There is no better place to watch a baseball game than Wrigley. From the day games to the old fashion scoreboard to the ivy to the friendly neighborhood, Wrigley Field is loaded with charm and mystique.

About 10 years ago, I had the privelage of attending an opening day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were absolutely terribly the previous year but as is typical with Cubs fans, we had no doubt that this would be the year. The Cubs were playing who at that time were the Montreal Expos (they have since been relocated and have changed names to the Washington Nationals.) It was a cold, brisk day in April with temperatures in the low to mid 40′s. Definately not baseball weather. I attended the game with 3 of my friends. As is common with young men of that age group, we were not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed if you know what I mean. One of has had the brilliant idea that we should all take our shirts off and each paint a letter on our chest that would spell CUBS. I think I was the B. We thought we may have a shot of getting on tv (which we did :) ) The people sitting behind us felt so bad for us that they bought us numerous rounds of hot cocoa throughout the game. The Cubs ended up losing that day but we had a great time.

I am frequently asked, “Corey why in the world are you still a Cubs fan After all, the last time the Cubs won the world series was 1908. That is nearly 100 years ago!” I can promise you one thing, there is noone more aware of the history of the Cubs than me. They have broken my heart time and time again and yet without fail, when opening day roles around each year, my heart is filled with expectation that perhaps, this could be the year that they actually win it all.

I am so glad God doesn’t feel about me what so many fans feel towards their sports teams. We live in a what have you done for me lately society. People are fans of whatever team is winning. Where is the loyalty? The Cubs could never win a title in my lifetime and I still will be their number one fan.

God loves and cares about you no matter what your past looks like. His plan for you are that you will have an incredible hope and future. Though we sometimes may disappoint Him because of repeated mistakes, he never fails to give us another chance. I am so glad I don’t serve a what have you done for me lately God. Oh, and for what it’s worth, the Cubs won yesterday and for at least one day in the baseball season, I am the fan of a first place baseball team.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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