In Baseball, Opportunities Abound
by Tiernan McKay

Late on a recent Thursday night, I groggily looked around our rented townhouse at the sea of unopened boxes and vowed to start unpacking tomorrow. I stretched out on the rented couch and searched for a much needed nap. In the gray area between consciousness and sleep, I heard, “Cody McKay is up in the bullpen.” Without opening my eyes, I smirked as I imagined my husband warming up to pitch in the big leagues. Chalking up the comment to a strange dream, I continued to snooze.

Soon after, the commentators mentioned Cody pitching again. This time, I opened my eyes and turned to look at the television. There he was, number 26, warming up in the bullpen. A catcher by trade, Cody also plays third and first and will pretty much play anywhere he’s needed. Before this game, few people knew about Cody’s secret weapon…he throws a mean knuckleball.

I quickly shook off exhaustion to watch as he trotted out to the mound to make his Cardinal debut. I knew the crowd was entertained by the situation, but I also knew they’d soon be pleasantly surprised. Two innings later, Cody had retired six of the seven batters he faced, only giving up a walk.

…few people knew about Cody’s secret weapon….he throws a mean knuckleball.

As the game came to an end, I closed my eyes and searched for sleep again. Before finding it, I thought about how important it is to always be prepared because you never know when an opportunity will present itself.

Opportunity…It’s a beautiful word, isn’t it?
In baseball, as in many professions, opportunities are precious and scarce. When given a chance to succeed, your performance will likely determine your next step. As the wife of a baseball player, my view of opportunity has truly evolved.

During the season, it’s my husband’s job to focus on baseball. I can’t even pretend to understand all the nuances of the game and the daily demands on his mind and body. But, the baseball season isn’t all about him. While I spend the majority of my time taking care of domestic responsibilities, this game also presents me with several undeniable opportunities, including:

  • The privilege of meeting new people, not just on our team but also in the community.
  • The ability to experience a different part of the country or a city I might otherwise never visit.
  • Plenty of “me time” (which has turned in to “we time” with the birth of our daughter, Eden), especially when my husband is on the road.
  • The chance to glorify God each and every day.

…you never know when an opportunity will present itself.

This last point is the most important. Whether baseball is going well or is a struggle, my husband and I are secure in our faith and humbled by the incredible love our Lord has for us. I personally have the opportunity to glorify God as a supportive wife, a concerned mother, a fan in the stands and a friend to other wives.

Regardless of where we are or how my husband is playing, our first commitment is to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through Him, we are able to overcome any trial and embrace opportunities as they are presented. There is freedom in knowing that every circumstance in life is created specifically for each of us. When we’re in an uncomfortable or challenging spot, what do we do? How do we handle ourselves? What can others determine about our faith by our response? My goal is to always present the face of a true and dedicated Believer.

Cody was ready when called upon to perform outside of his comfort zone. He recognized an opportunity and reacted. Much like a player, I too am eager to perform when called upon…because you just never know when you’ll have a chance to make an impact on the game, or in the lives of those around you.

…you just never know when you’ll have a chance to make an impact on the game, or in the lives of those around you