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Sacrifice and Witness - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 6
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1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Jun 10, 2012 am - Since the spring of 1969, I have loved major league baseball, and the San Francisco Giants in particular. When I was a boy, I spent a lot of time poring over terms like, 'earned run average, on-base percentage, stolen bases, and complete games'. That year, the beloved Willie McCovey nearly won the Triple Crown, leading the National League in home runs and RBIs, and finishing near the top with a .320 batting average. These were the baseball words I learned back in the 1960s. Later I learned other words: steroids, free agency, lockouts, and arbitration. Arbitration, of course, is a kind of trial. The player makes a salary demand, the general manger makes a salary offer, and a judge rules in favor of one of the other. This sounds like a reasonable way to do things, but nobody wants to do it. Both players and teams hate it because while the player has to say how great he is, and how much he deserves the higher salary, the teams have to go the other way. They have to say what's wrong with the player, why his statistics are inflated, how he hurts the team on defense, that he's a cancer in the clubhouse and makes the game look bad in public. No player likes to hear this. Even when the ... More >>>

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