Why I Will Mock Josh Hamilton

After last night’s devastating extra inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, in which their opposition came back five times to win the game on a walk off home run in the eleventh inning, Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton spoke about his tenth inning home run with the assembled media.

I would tell y’all something, but y’all wouldn’t believe me. The Lord told me it was going to happen before it happened. He said, ”You hadn’t hit a home run in a while. You’re about to right now.”

This is an entirely laughable statement, and I assume it would be so for believers and non-believers alike.

For a godless pagan like me, the statement brings up one of my largest qualms with religion: the roots in wish thinking. It’s so difficult for me to understand so much about a belief in a deity, but the largest, by far, is a believer’s acceptance in their god’s seemingly random and arbitrary wish fulfillment.

Which, I’m hoping, brings us to something I might find in common with believers. Is it not entirely arrogant to believe that with all the suffering on this earth, all the disease, all the people taking advantage of other less fortunate individuals, a believed-to-be-benevolent god would seemingly ignore all these things to concern itself with the performance of an athlete who made $7.25 million this year, and in the parlance of Christianity, has received countless blessings on his road to redemption?

Is this really how believers want their god to be represented?

And you know what, I have no problems whatsoever with Hamilton being able to share his faith in this setting. He’s an incredible athlete. He’s earned his platform by working hard to be physically elite. He can say whatever he wants. Just as I would hope that no one would have a problem with someone mocking what he says.

I pick on Tony La Russa and Ron Washington for saying equally unreasonable things in their press conference, and so when I make a joke at Josh Hamilton’s comments or compare him to Pedro Cerrano from Major League, it’s not about his specific beliefs as much as it is about him saying something that to me seems unreasonable.