As can be seen in the MLB.com highlights, while the team gathers around
Young, Adrian Gonzalez leads Pujols a short way from the mound, and (I assume)
they pray together. I'm not a Christian, and I usually get the ookies when
religion and sports performance get conflated, but this act seemed a spontaneous
and genuine response to an unsettling situation. It was nice to see players from
opposing teams comforting each other unselfconsciously. Didn't help
Young's nose, but it did warm my heart a little. God, I love baseball (pun
Thanks Sara. I'm an agnostic, but I greatly respect and am heartened by genuine and spontaneous demonstrations of faith. There's a beauty and wonderfulness to that sort of thing that gives me faith in human nature, even if I don't have any faith in the supernatural.
While we're on the subject, though, I do have a theological question that is a little less reverential than the previous paragraph. Why is it that athletes are so quick to credit God for helping them to catch those touchdowns and hit home runs in tight spots, but no one is suggesting that God was attempting to smite Chris Young for some unknown perfidy?
UPDATE: Commenter Mark Runsvold has officially ended this conversation with what may be the comment of the year:
Chris Young, like a modern-day & human Tower of Babel, is being punished for
trying to reach the heavens.