Though there is no new webcast this week, a running theme thus far in our show has been the records set by Jamie Moyer. Well, add another record to that list as the 49-year-old southpaw set the record for the oldest player in MLB history to record an RBI.
Moyer, again he is 49, accomplished the feat by legging out an infield single that plated two runs for the Rockies during its 6-1 victory over the Diamondbacks last night in Denver. (You can watch the video here.)
On top of his offensive prowess, Moyer pitched six-and-a-third innings of one run ball without throwing a ball harder than 80 mph, which means that Barry Zito, another soft-tossing lefty, is just hitting his prime at the tender age of 34.
As disciples of Christ who desire to grow in virtue every day, Moyer's continued success can teach us about the beauty and simplicity of hard work, dedication, and consistent attention to improvement. In religious life there is a joke that some men retire when they are ordained. In baseball, most players retire when their skill sets start to diminish.
We are all, however, called by Christ to endure in the face of hardship. As St. Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:12, "If we persevere, we shall also reign with him."
Moyer could have easily retired years ago, but he has continued to work and this inspires me to continue to work daily to increase the virtues in my life, to open my heart to God's grace, and to live a humbler life of poverty, chastity and obedience.
To use a pitching analogy, the strike zone toward which I aim is conformity to the Sacred Heart of Christ. I, like a pitcher, don't always get it right. I miss through lack of effort, through lapses in concentration, and just plain lethargy, but when I get it right, when I'm pounding the strike zone, the grace of God, as St. Thomas Aquinas put it, perfects my nature and builds up the Kingdom of God.
May each of you persevere in the face of temptation and difficulty and always remember that hope springs eternal ("spes aeternum oritur").