by David and Tim Bayly on January 31, 2009 - 8:05am
(Tim) Many believers gamble, some in the stock market, others playing bingo or the lottery, and still others in casinos. So posting this from David Wegener, our Africa correspondent, is no exercise in a well-worn public policy debate, but rather a pastoral warning to me, you, and every believer. Thank you, David, for passing this on.
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We got some new books for the Theological College of Central Africa library, recently. Now they are being processed to go into the collection and I was reading one of them this morning. The book is, John H. Leith, 2001, Pilgrimage of a Presbyterian: Collected Shorter Writings, ed Charles E. Raynal, Louisville: Geneva Press. On pages 208-13, there's a short article he wrote in 1956 titled, "Gambling--What's Wrong with It?." Here's a summary:
1. "Gambling encourages the belief that a man can enjoy the advantages of a prosperous society without making a significant contribution to that society."
2. "Gambling arouses false hopes and gives little in return."
3. "Gambling is parasitic by nature. It creates no new wealth and performs no useful service. At best, it merely redistributes wealth from ... the many ... to the few."
4. Gambling is an attempt "to escape responsible work..."
by David and Tim Bayly on February 2, 2009 - 8:59am
(Tim) IU's half-naked cheerleaders make a much more prominent appearance at the games when you're there in person than watching on the television. And the prostrating themselves to the IU flag that's a staple of every game at Assembly Hall, it's hard not to think of them as something approximating cult prostitutes. This is one reason Taylor and I love going to IU soccer games. No feminine tease intricately woven between plays. Just straight soccer without interruption for ninety minutes. It's this way with international soccer, too. No cheerleaders. No women giving sideline color. No ads. Just soccer--straight up.
Speaking of which, Taylor passed on this link to an ESPN Page 2article on a Pentecostal school in southwestern Tennessee where modesty extends to the men's basketball team.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 5, 2009 - 5:18am
(Tim, from my son, Taylor) Prior to moving on field after accepting my second call, I listened to a pile of sermons by my predecessor. (I recommend this discipline highly if you're about to move to another church, or even if you're already there and want a shortcut to understanding the congregation's strengths and weaknesses.) After hours and hours of sermons, I was intimate with this man--and not just his hermeneutics and exegesis, but his personality even down to his vocabulary. Summing up what I'd learned, I told my wife, Mary Lee, "His favorite word is 'authenticity.'"
Where did that word come from, anyway?
A facile, glib, age whose heroes and heroines are actors...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 6, 2009 - 12:58pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) Pastors and elders, take a lesson from Peyton Manning. Sit down at your desk and write a thank you letter to your most helpful elder. To your pastor. To the wisest "older woman" or the most weary single mother in your flock.
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) Read this account of the man traded for ten bats, and remember we actually are our brother's keeper. The men who dished out the merciless taunts, chants, and catcalls at Mr. Odom's last appearance in a baseball game were accomplices to murder.
We can spill a lot of words talking about justice and mercy, AIDS orphans, and being missional while not giving a tinker's cuss about the man next to us on the bus, in the carpool, or sitting by himself Sunday morning during Lord's Day worship.
If they checked John Odom's cell phone, would they find a single call from a follower of Jesus Christ during this poor man's last week of life? One of us had a chance with him. One of us knew--I'm sure of it.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 20, 2009 - 6:28am
(Tim, w/thanks to David Wegener)The story's lead line is: "A day after winning her first 800-meter world title amid a
gender-test controversy, the father of South African teenager Caster Semenya
dismissed speculation his daughter is not a woman."
So they're going to test her. How? Again, the story reports:
The test, which takes weeks to complete, requires a physical medical
evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist,
psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender.
The gynecologist, endocrinologist, and internal medicine specialist I understand, but the psychologist? The "expert on gender?"
What in the world?
Well, I guess we should have known when the talk was about gender--not sex. As I've tried to say, but found few hearers, gender is always a social construct, whereas sex is body parts. So where will they end of up on this one?
by David and Tim Bayly on August 21, 2009 - 8:52am
(Tim: Here's a helpful explanation of the facts behind the current ruckus over the true sex of South African runner, Caster Semenya. It's contributed by our Track and Field Correspondent, David Wegener, who here clarifies this earlier post and comments.)
I think we're going to see that Caster was born and raised as a girl. She has female body parts.
However, I think we're also going to see that she has taken some
type of steroids (testosterone, whatever) so that her hormone make-up
has now crossed a line.
I need some help here in expressing myself. I don't know much about
hormones. Every time I'm in a discussion and the topic turns to
hormones, it's usually with a group of women, and a switch turns off in
my brain and I start looking frantically for a way to get out of the
room. Is there a child who needs a dirty diaper changed? I'll do that.
Did I hear you have a leak in your roof? Sure I'll be glad to check.
Let's do it now. Darkness doesn't matter. Timing on your cam-shaff a
bit off? Hey, this can't go on. Let's get under your hood.
The IAAF has disqualified "women" like Caster in the past. They were
so juiced that they were disallowed from competing as women. I can't
remember the name of the "woman" I'm thinking of but she was a sprinter
from an Eastern European country, cold war era. No one improves like
Caster did (just recently an unknown South African teen-ager) and gets
to this level (world class, sixth fastest time in history for women in
her event) this quickly without juice.
And then there's her body. Just look at the pictures. If you want to
read some interesting articles, type "steroids" and "East Germany" into
a search engine...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 25, 2009 - 6:37am
(Tim) Recent tests showed South African runner, Caster Semenya, had three times the normal level of the male hormone, testosterone, prior to her latest competition. This led sports authorities to order what are widely being called "gender tests" to determine whether, when she blew her fields away in recent races, Miss Semenya had an unfair advantage. An errant fax number brought what should have been a private matter into the public eye.
Returning to Johannesburg following stunning victories at the World Athletics Championships, Miss Semenya told reporters...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 9, 2009 - 6:37am
(Tim, w/thanks to David W. and others) The sex tests of South African runner, Caster Semenya, have come back questionable and the thorny matter has been turned over to a "panel of independent experts" for a final decision. Regardless of the conclusion, the gold medal will not be taken away.
If men pick godly, mature Christian young women, these women would not be turned off by lack of money.
The question I think for the women (if they are mature and secure in the Lord) is are these men "with it" in the sense of being responsible for their personal lives and for others -- or are they barely getting by as single men. I think women do not want to have to be "moms" to these men. Women want to find men to whom they can willingly submit and follow.
I meet so many single 30's men who are passive, do not take the initiative or responsibility, and just seem lost as far as what their life is all about. They might hold a steady job (some do not), but they are just working to work. They might have a decent car and a decent house and lots of videos, video games, sound systems, etc. installed in their homes, but they do not really know what to do with each day...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 1, 2009 - 6:18am
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) If you've ever found yourself wondering what thought ran through Bengals wide receiver, Ochocinco's, head when he held one of his four sons (by three different women) in his arms as a newborn, his bio will tell you: "I'm holding a little me." And his view of fatherhood?
by David and Tim Bayly on November 17, 2009 - 2:37pm
(Tim) Taylor played varsity soccer this past year and this pic ran in the Bloomington paper. Am I proud of my son? Yes, I am. More for his heart than soccer, though. He submits to authority! Can you imagine that? No matter how normal it is to you, it's always amazing to me. After all, I was his age a few days ago, and submission wasn't ground zero in my character traits.
If your daughters are home schooled and you think he's handsome, just send me an e-mail with proposed dowry. We're building a house.
by David and Tim Bayly on December 24, 2009 - 9:39am
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) Shortly before his team meets up with the Colts, Jets Coach Rex Ryan had this to say about Peyton Manning: "Shoot, if (the Colts) want to get rid of him, we'll go ahead and take him."
Ryan opened his daily news conference:
“We’re going to start with the injury report, obviously: Manning, Clark, Addai, Reggie Wayne, Freeney,
Mathis, Brackett—all those guys will not play.”
Grinning ear to ear.
Then he said: “Oh, hold up. That was my wish list for Santa Claus.”
by David and Tim Bayly on January 11, 2010 - 6:42am
(Tim) Here's what Drew Brees had to say about clinching the most accurate passing season record (70.62 percent) partly through his coach benching him in Game 16. Brees here is comparing the way he got his record to the way Ted Williams got his 1941 record of the .406 season batting average--Williams being offered the opportunity to sit in order to protect the record, but turning it down:
"Everything about (Williams) was great. The hitting, the fact that he left
baseball twice to serve in two wars. So when Sean told me, 'You're not
playing, and it's not up for discussion,' that was tough. On the one
hand, I don't want to set the record by sitting. On the other hand, if
I say I want to play because I don't want to set a record this way,
it's selfish. So I didn't say anything.''
by David and Tim Bayly on February 6, 2010 - 9:40am
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man….
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
(Tim, w/thanks to many) Like Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind, Jim Dobson's breakout book, Dare to Discipline, was rejected by many publishers before one gave it a try--in Dobson's case, my father-in-law's Tyndale House Publishers. Later, Dad Taylor gave money to Jim to do a radio show, and the rest is history.
I am not ashamed of Dr. James Dobson. Rather, I've long expressed my deep gratitude for Jim's work on the air and in print. Few men have contributed so much Biblical instruction to my flocks. When the history of the late twentieth century is written, it will become clear Jim was one of the most courageous warriors for truth and mercy and justice in these United States.
You may have noticed on this blog that I've never mentioned the name of that publication in Wheaton calling itself Christianity Today. One reason is their sotto voce attacks on Jim Dobson. Among Wheaton's detelligentsia, it's hip to smirk when Dobson's name comes up, and CT has taken its cue and place among the pea-shooters.
This has been very discouraging for Jim; it's hurt him, his wife Shirley, and their children.
I can hear the exclamations: "Hello! How does Tim Keller feel about your criticism, dude? Something about the splinter and the log!"
(Jesus said) "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep" (John 10:11).
(Tim, w/thanks to Todd W.) The NYTimes' David Brooks sets out to explain how a nation of five million won as many gold medals as our nation of three-hundred million at the Winter Olympics this year. So he tells a brief version of the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian instrument maker who tried to get back into Norway to help the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War.
The account reminds me of the Apostle Paul. What courage and tenacity in the face of the most terrible danger and suffering these hardened men demonstrated!
Which prompts me to ask when it was, precisely, that the sign of godliness in a pastor changed...
(Tim) Our senior African correspondent, the Rev. David Wegener, yesterday sent this churlish response to my post concerning Butler's BB budget. Not wanting to silence different voices from lands of color, here 'tis:
"Before we all go crazy over Butler, that paragon of basketball purity, let's remember this. Butler earned a ton of money this year by going to the championship game in the tournament.
"What do we think they're going to do with that money? Send it to Mother Theresa's orphanages? Alleviate poverty in central Indiana? No. They're going to give their coach a raise and increase spending on their basketball program.
(Tim) This is a safe place to talk about that unAmerican activity known as World Cup soccer. We've made more seats at the table for the younger generation, women, ethnic leaders, and global church representatives. So talk away, dear brothers and sisters, and let's see if we can become more diverse; more inclusive of different voices.
(Tim) Taylor called this afternoon and told us to come watch his IU Soccer Camp team scrimmaging with the IU men's team tonight at Yeagley Field. So we went and watched them go down 5-0. They came close to scoring twice and this pic is one of those times. Son Taylor has the ball with Caleb right behind him.
Mary Lee and I, Doug and Heather with Jonathan, Nathan, Josiah, and Bayly, Mary Wegener, and Jon Crum were the only ones there. We had fun cheering Taylor on.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 11, 2010 - 9:09am
(Tim) Looking back at a picture of the Netherlands' Nigel de Jong planting his cleats in the chest of Spain's Xabi Alonso during that hideous World Cup final, I wondered if players ever stop to consider how their fouls will look in slowmo or freeze frame? If they had any idea what image of them would be fixed in the minds of the world, would they still do it?
Thing is, life comes at you fast. My guess is de Jong carried out one small nasty thought and woke up to find he was loathed by the entire world...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 12, 2010 - 8:08am
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor) Vladimir
Ladyzhenskiy is dead. It had come down to the final at the World
Sauna Championships in Heinola, Finland, last Saturday, and he placed second. But they couldn't give him his prize.
Seconds before he died Ladyzhenskiy was still competing, giving a thumbs up to the medics watching through a window (along with a thousand spectators). The sauna was above boiling--230 degrees fahrenheit, to be exact--but neither
Ladyzhenskiy nor five-time champion Timo Kaukonen were willing to lose. The other finalists exited around three minutes and Kaukonen had just three minutes more to wait until
Ladyzhenskiy's death crowned him the six-time champion.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 14, 2010 - 12:51pm
(Tim, w/thanks to David W.) At the beginning of his second season as an NFL running back for the 49ers, 23 year old Glen Coffee just announced his retirement:
It was a struggle for a long time. Actually when I look back I feel I never
should have entered the draft in the first place. Football was no
longer my dream. I found Christ in college. It changed my views on
everything. But I still was a football player because it was expected of
me, it was something I did all my life. I was basically wasting the
Asked if he might change his mind, Coffee responded: "I've already told Christ it's time to go. I've already rung the bell. That's not going to happen."
by David and Tim Bayly on August 20, 2010 - 6:13am
Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” (Joshua 7:19)
(Tim) MLB's pitching superstar, Roger Clemens, has been indicted for lying and obstruction of justice in testimony he gave before Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. In "Pettitte's Words and Character Carry Weight," the Times' George Vecsey compares Clemens to his longtime friend, Andy Pettitte, whose testimony carried the most weight in assuring Clemens' indictment.
Vecsey reports Clemens is "the alpha male in that friendship, the man with the huge
gymnasium on his property, the man who knew how to train his way to
eternal youth, to the Hall of Fame one day."
Vecsey says he's "humble" and that when he provided testimony before Congress, he...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 22, 2010 - 10:01am
(Tim) Watching men in dresses gives me the same kick I get watching women march in uniform on the parade ground or run up the basketball court. But of course, thirty years ago I would have been all for them.
by David and Tim Bayly on January 28, 2011 - 3:25pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Taylor)Read this wonderful story and ask yourself where the church turns boys--undisciplined angry ones, at that--into men? Youth groups? Home school co-ops? Christian school science labs? Crew? Membership classes? Men's retreats?
You say your church is not a parochial school filled with inner city kids and your own fathers are the ones training their own sons. I say, "Yeah, right."
Face it. Each of our churches has a bunch of young men every bit as much in need of the discipline of playing on Bob Hurley's basketball team as the kids at St. Anthony High in Jersey City. In the ministry today, we're surrounded by man-boys whose fathers have turned their backs on them. These young men crave discipline--which is to say they crave fatherly love...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 3, 2011 - 10:52am
(Tim: this just in from our American African correspondent, David Wegener.)
Well the World Rankings are out in Track and Field. Here is a summary:
The man of the year was David Rudisha, a young 21-year old Kenyan. He set two world records this year in the 800-meter run, almost breaking the 1:41 barrier. That means he runs four consecutive 200s in 25.2 seconds. Amazing. Nice that there's no hint of any scandal attached to his name. No amazing improvements from 2009, no bulging muscles, no yellow eyes, etc.
Not so with the top American, David Oliver. He runs the 110-meter high hurdles. His thigh muscles are so big, they're hard to believe. He set an American record in his event but was just shy of the world record. He went undefeated.
Usain Bolt was injured this year so Americans took the top rankings in the 100- and 200-meter runs. Still Bolt's Facebook page records 950,000 hits per day. His coach says the best of Bolt is yet to come.
Jeremy Wariner was back on top of the 400-meter run. The Bejing Olympic champion, LaShawn Merritt, is still serving a drug disqualification. He admited he took something he shouldn't have taken but maintains it was not to help his performance on the track.
Africans continue to dominate the distance races...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 18, 2011 - 6:50am
(Tim, w/thanks to many) Joel Northrup wrestles for Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Wrestling's big in Iowa--something like football in Massilon, Ohio--and Joel had done very well, making it to state. But lightning struck.
Joel drew Cassy Herkelman as an opponent and decided to forfeit. He released this statement explaining his decision:
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan (Black, the tournament’s other female entrant) and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa.
Is anyone surprised a young man who's retained some modicum of sexual modesty today is a homeschooler? Is anyone surprised the secularists consider this...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 22, 2011 - 7:46am
(Tim) On the subject of Joel Northrup forfeiting his state tournament wrestling match out of deference to a woman, one reader of this Baylyblog post called our readers' attention to a comment by a California high school wrestling coach on another web site. The coach's comment (No. 16) ended with this:
The Israeli army did extensive experiments in the 1960′s and 70′s trying to incorporate women into combat roles along side males, at a time when the survival of Israel was hanging in the balance. But the results were so disastrous, that they were soon abandoned. They found that men would routinely risk themselves and the units safety, and even abandon mission completion, whenever a female member of their combat unit was captured, or even injured. This protective role seemed to be so hardwired into these young men, that it was deemed impossible to “train out” of them. The Israelis determined that a boy would have to be trained from birth to disregard a foundational understanding (call it God given, or evolved) concerning the importance of women, as THE essential element in the continuum of human existence. To try and remove that understanding from the thought process of young men would result, I feel, in a world not worth occupying.
Few things are more indicative of these United States' moral and military bankruptcy than our ideological promotion of women in combat (of which women wrestlers are a sub-species), and few things are more indicative of the Reformed world's weakening commitment to the doctrines of Scripture than the PCA General Assembly AISCOWIM's split down the middle on whether or not to condemn women in combat (as well as the arguments made on the floor of GA when AISCOWIM presented its two reports). While it's true committee members talked much about the spirituality of the church, during internal debate it was always clear that...
(Tim, w/thanks to Doug) The basketball team of Brigham Young University was ranked third in the nation heading into March Madness when one of its stars was removed from the lineup for the sin of fornication. He is repentant and has accepted the discipline, but with their star gone for the rest of the year, the team's losing.
As a former jock and Taylor University grad pointed out to me in an e-mail, such a witness from an Evangelical college is unlikely.
(Tim) "The sociologist Ahmet Talimciler, the author of a book on Turkish soccer fanaticism, recently asked fifteen hundred Turkish fans how important their team was to them. For sixty-two per cent of respondents, the team came 'only after family and nation'; for a full thirty per cent, it was 'more important than anything else' in life.'" ("Letter from Turkey: View from the Stands," The New Yorker, March 7, 2011; p. 60.)
(Tim) If you need your eyes opened to what the NCAA actually does, read this article. But please don't think I'm linking to it because of bitterness at Butler's loss. My own opinion is that Butler was being protected from the wickedness of pride. I'm convinced their loss was God's blessing.
And if you're wondering, I don't think the columnist is out of line bringing race into it.
Any truths other than Ted’s own—especially the ones written by sportswriters and voiced by his critics—seemed to him designed to prove that he was only what he had been when he was a boy: a scared, unwanted, unloved kid from a miserable home, that he could not redo his life to better specifications.
The secret truth was that he needed to be great in order to escape from that terrible home. He had been raised by an alcoholic father and a religiously strident mother who was out on the streets all hours for the Salvation Army. The phrase for her in today’s vernacular would be that she was a woman in deep denial, very deep denial. She seemed to care more about the orphans of Tijuana than she did about her own two sons. Her home was a pigpen. …Ted was always fighting that shame about his background...
[From Tyree's video opposing sodomite marriage] I'm not political, I approach more from an angle of prayer. As much as people are going to voice their opinions and make those pushes in a negative direction, I feel like athletes, believers or people who are very strong toward marriage, especially in places of position need to really take this opportunity to voice it. Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society. So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children, it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just.
[Tyree twittered] People of faith ... direct some prayers my way. Got darts comin from every direction. Blessed are those persecuted for His name's sake.
The ethics professor at the Presbyterian Church in America's Covenant Theological Seminary told Christianity Today that he opposed sodomy laws. I wrote him a letter expressing my concern over his efforts to legalize sodomy and Covenant's president at the time, Bryan Chapell, wrote to reassure me that his professor was not going soft on homosexuality. Duly noted.
Now, the battle has moved on to sodomite marriage and "marriage equality" is all the rage...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 26, 2011 - 10:36am
(TB: this from David Wegener, our American-African correspondent on home assignment here in these United States for the coming year.)
Reading the recent article about Pat Summit, the head woman’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, has put me in a reflective mood. If you read the article and are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll feel pretty sad. Sorry that Pat Summit has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Sorry that her marriage ended in divorce. Sorry that she’s given her life to basketball. Sorry for her son Tyler.
Sorry Pat is such a man--this last idea was the dominant impression I had after reading the piece by Sally Jenkins (who calls Pat her best friend).
When doctors at Mayo Clinic told her she had Alzheimer’s and urged her to retire, she responded, “Do you have any idea who you’re dealing with?” Jenkins describes her as “a marble pillar, ramrod straight, that seems to have stood for a thousand years, while everything around it falls.” She is characterized by “resolve.” Things like surrender and acceptance and vulnerability have never “come naturally to her.” If you watch the interview and see what it reveals about Tyler’s relationship with his mom, well, it makes you even sadder. Even sick.
She is the most successful coach in women’s sports today...
by David and Tim Bayly on September 19, 2011 - 5:12am
Saturday, Taylor climbed our American Elm tree and hung these two tire swings while Doug and I and Doug's sons, Jonathan, Nathan, and Josiah, helped as we could. Bayly watched. The rope is hemp, three quarters inch with a working load of eight-hundred plus pounds, the chain is rated for fifteen hundred, and all the hardware over seven hundred, so bring your piano--he can have a ride.
Two more swings wait to be hung, but they'll be in different trees and hung much lower. We have a swing for infants and another normal two-rope kind so we'll not need Taylor to hang them. Then next Spring we hope to hang a hammock and...
Tire-swing war absolutely will be permitted.
Thank you Taylor and Doug and Jonathan and Nathan and Josiah and Heather! (TB)
by David and Tim Bayly on October 21, 2011 - 5:27am
The Denver Broncos announced this past week their new starting QB is Tim Tebow. Fans the world over had been demanding it as Kyle Orton self-destructed. How will Tebow do and what does it all mean fro the Broncos and Coach John Fox? We wait to see, but make no mistake: on many levels, this is a religious matter. So Tim started the second half of the Broncos last game by saying to his teamates in the first huddle of his tenure, "Believe in me, guys." Good article, and here are a couple...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 25, 2011 - 6:36am
This week two world-class football clubs went down to worst-day-of-their-lives defeats. Last night I watched Manchester United (playing the world's football) get thrashed by their cross-town rivals, Manchester City, by a score as horrific as the thrashing American football club Indianapolis Colts just suffered. Man U lost to Man City 6-1 and the Indy Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints 62-7.
My guess? Sir Alex is the cupbearer and Jim Caldwell the baker. Which is to say Sir Alex stays and Sir Caldwell's gone. It's worth noting, though, that Rooney was on the field and Manning was off. And FWIW, this Gunners crest has been my phone's home screen for years, since Taylor put it there, so no tears here for Man U. (TB)
by David and Tim Bayly on October 25, 2011 - 9:21am
Cubs masochists like me just received an e-mail formally announcing what the world's known for some time: former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has been hired as President of Cubs baseball operations. The e-mail was five sentences long. It went out from Cubs.com over the name of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and here was the money sentence: "Today, we took another big step toward that goal by announcing today that Theo Epstein has joined the Chicago Cubs as the new President of Baseball Operations reporting directly to me."
That's about right for Cubs baseball. "Today we are announcing today..." (TB)