Lorna Dueck is host of Context TV.
The Blue Jays and their miraculous ascent to the championship series has everybody praying. No religious experience in my memory has done more to unite Canadians than #ComeTogether in the cathedral of the Dome. The Toronto Blue Jays have become our great leader on what it means to be human, on how to unite with different skills and strengths, on how to be strong, yet different. Even in that dreadful 14-2 loss Tuesday evening, fans were on their feet, waving the rally towels. Faith, belief and baseball.
A welcome relief from that other game, where you may recall we had a Supreme Court ruling to determine there should be no prayer in political rituals. But on our pitcher's mound, prayer is sacrosanct. Roberto Osuna gets front page billing of his "familiar pose" at the fifth game; hand on heart, eyes heavenward. Twitter reveals Mr. Osuna's thoughts in his emoticon rich Spanish prayers; "When we pray, God hears more than we say, he answers more than we ask, he gives us more than we imagine…" reads the tweet.
That legendary fifth game was indeed, more than we could imagine and its high drama endeared the Blue Jays to our heart. As the revered closer, 20-year-old Mr. Osuna likely holds the most pressure packed position among the team. No worries, as we head into the upcoming games he's tweeted again, "Lord we thank you for all that you give us. We place this week in Your hands, bless us in all that we do."
There was a lot of baseball wisdom that assessed Mr. Osuna as too young, too inexperienced to handle the pressure of his position, but it's been a delightful David versus Goliath encounter. This is the pitcher who reportedly had to drop out of school at the age of 12 to pick vegetables to support his family, and join his father, an expired pitcher from the Mexican leagues, a dad who taught Roberto how to pitch at the end of their long workday. The values transfer seems mythical, amen and amen.
Again I digress to the political side to compare the careful following of a team on scripted strategy, all vulnerabilities fastidiously deleted, something pursued for for religious organizations as well. Here we have Blue Jays fans cheering the vulnerability of R.A. Dickey - his mythical knuckleball sometimes elusive. But as he tells all online at "I am Second." Through a gripping spiritual testimony of awakening to self-awareness Mr. Dickey looks into the camera and concludes; "I began to risk trusting other men, which I had never been able to do. I began to discover that God was in the middle of all of it, like He has designed me for relationship and when I started to care less what my performance was and more about the process, I began to get better as a baseball player and that paralleled my growth as a human being."
A prestigious Toronto seminary, Wycliffe College awarded R.A. Dickey an honorary doctorate for such witness, or maybe it was for the mystery of how Mr. Dickey can even pitch when his right elbow is permanently missing the vital ulnar collateral ligament. Again, a miraculous inspiration exudes from the mound.
And what to say of the unabashed generosity of pitcher David Price giving away electric scooters to the young team mates who had not yet made their first million? Surely we need more baseball pitchers, not politicians or pastors, to revive our national soul and help us #ComeTogether.
I'm all in on going to church with the Blue Jays.