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The Great Comeback (1 of 10)
Series: Eternal Matters
Matthew 27:62-28:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
Introduction: The game was over. If the truth were told, it was over before they sang the National Anthem. But that's nothing unusual, it was Wrigley Field after all! Most of the standing room only crowd had started filing out of the Friendly Confines at the seventh inning stretch, right after they sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The Cardinals were ahead twelve to zip in the top of the 9th. The bottom of the Cubs order was up in the next inning and the best pinch hitters had already been to the plate. The fat lady had already sung! Only the most die-hard Cub fans remained in their seats to see the slaughter all the way through to the gruesome end.
The Cards went down in order in their half of the 9th. At least it wasn't going to be any worse. The Red Birds take the field. All they had to do was get out the three worst Cub batters. Then it would be over! No problem!
Cardinal hurler Steve Kline winds up and throws a fastball at Cub catcher Damion Miller. Miller connects for a single. Third basemen Mark Bellhorn is up next. Despite batting less than 100, Bellhorn drives the first pitch deep into left field. Miller rounds third and holds. Manager Dusty Baker sends pinch hitter Troy O'Leary to the plate for pitcher Joe Borowski. O'Leary takes the first three pitches, all outside. The next is down the middle. O'Leary swings. The ball clears the centerfield fence by a whisker. The score-12-3. No outs.
The next three Chicago batters, Alou, Gonzalez, and Patterson, all hit hard grounders through the infield for singles. Sosa comes to the plate-bases loaded. The Cub all star takes the first two inside. He swings hard on the third, a hanging curve ball high out over the plate. The ball comes down about a half block down Waveland Avenue for a Grand Slam. The score is 12-7; no outs.
Rookie first baseman Hee Choi co ...
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