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 has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. 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. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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