The advent of the new baseball season brings to mind last season’s playoff game in Atlanta. It was my first playoff baseball game ever and it would turn out to be Chipper Jones’ last game ever. This game is marked more for the fans’ reaction than about the game itself. The fans reacted to one of the most egregious umpiring mistakes that took place in the eighth inning.
With two runners on, Braves batter Andrelton Simmons hit a high blooper into left field. The shortstop for the opposing Cardinals was running out to left field to try and make the play while the left fielder was running in to catch the ball. It was then that the left field umpire called the infield fly rule. This is the rule that states that on a fly ball in the infield with runners at least on first and second, the batter is out. This is a good rule that protects the runners. However, it was misapplied in this instance. Instead of having runners on all bases with one out, there were runners on second and third with two outs and the Braves would go on to lose the game. Of course the manager came out to object. The fans, not to be out done, made sure everyone knew their objection as this footage from my friend sitting next to me points out. They spent several minutes hurling food, drinks, and even mustard bottles onto the field out of rage for such a bad call. Never in my life have I seen such a reaction to any sporting event.
I might be a biased Braves fan but that really does not come into play for the reasons I bring all of this up now. It struck me that this is an example of people wanting justice. They want what has been made wrong to be put right. Every Braves fan there that night felt the pain of being wronged. They certainly made that clear. While it is not too classy to hurl bottles and such onto the field, their indignation was very real. This points us to something bigger. Our Creator has made us in His image and part of that is a sense of justice. This instance is minor compared to some other great injustices in the world today. But this instance shows the outcry of people when they are wronged as well as the desire for things to be put right.
Because we all have this sense of justice, we long for wrong things to be made right. There is good news. This is what Jesus came to do. When He hung on that cross, He took injustices of the world upon himself. So when you or I do wrong to others, we can ask God to forgive us and He will. However, the punishment for our wrongs is put onto Christ. But Jesus did not stay on the cross. He rose again from the dead which is a foretaste of all things being put new. The wrongs will be put right again someday. So let us participate with Christ in putting things right. We should value justice and work for justice in God ordained ways. But we must look to the One who brings ultimate justice if we are to have hope in the fight.