Just So We’re Clear…

There is a guy who, in the coming weeks, will break one of baseball’s most hallowed records. I wrote about him before in a blog entry you can still find here.

The closer we get to the date he will break that record, the less I am paying attention. I am turning off media reports that mention his name. (Note how I haven’t mentioned it here…) Truthfully, I’m really not paying attention to baseball news at all right now, and part of it is precisely because I don’t want to hear one word about this guy.

I don’t want to know how close he is to the record right now (I am pleased to say that at this moment, I really do not know…) and I hope to not hear about it on the day he “breaks” it.

As I wrote before, he doesn’t deserve the honor, the attention, or the accolades. I felt that when I wrote before, and nothing has changed about my feelings since.

As I understand, he stands a good chance of being booed on that day he “breaks” the record. Were I in the crowd that day –and I would hope as many people as possible will just stay home– I’d try to boo louder than anyone.

So undeserving is he of this honor, such a great travesty of baseball history his “record” will be, that I hope to never mention his name again.

Therefore, when I fail to say a word about it down the road, please do not misinterpret my silence as forgetfulness or even tacit approval. I am not accidentally ignorant to this story, I am intentionally so.

Just so we’re clear.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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