Mike Cope's blog

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

It's 2:00 a.m., and Chris and I (along with Charles and Holton) are just back from the Ballpark at Arlington. We went tonight to watch our two favorite AL teams: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the DFW Rangers of Arlington. The Angels seem to have upset both citizens of LA and of Anaheim with their new name . . . but they're still one of our two favorite teams. And tonight, John Lackey was pitching and got his first win of '05. We've now gotten to see John pitch a couple times in Arlington and once in Anaheim. There's not much better than a night at the ballpark with your child. So glad for every game Matt and I took in, and now I'm thankful that Chris (still wearing his back brace) can go again. It's a hard spring for him, since he's having to sit out baseball. But seeing him at the park (in his Rangers shirt with his Angels cap) -- well, it seemed like a moment of normalcy following months of chaos. Now for a few short hours of sleep. Tomorrow night's message in "Oasis" may be rather brief!


  • I am thankful that you and Chris were able to head out to see the game. Geri and I just got our referral for a baby boy in Guatemala. Last night I had similar thoughts of what's to be, as I was watching the Cards. I can't wait to take him to the ballpark, and explain things like the sacrifice fly, why the DH stinks in the AL, steroids...we'll maybe I'll just focus on the hot dogs and trinkets.

    By Blogger EBC, at 4/13/2005 05:39:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    What a fun and blessed time! I am so glad you and Chris got to share such a wonderful memory with each other and two cherished friends. There is something about the Ballpark in Arlington that is very special. I won't be surprised if the two Cunningham men sneak in a game pretty soon! Be blessed today.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 4/13/2005 05:41:00 AM  

  • Ahhh, baseball. It breaks your heart while it heals your soul. I love it!


    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 4/13/2005 05:56:00 AM  

  • There is something so nice and peaceful about sitting at the Ballpark eating a hot dog with your family. Ours went to our annual Opening Day on Monday. My dad's been taking us since I was in the 7th grade and the Ballpark just opened. This year we had a special addition to our group. My 7-month old niece got to take in her first game.

    By Blogger Kate, at 4/13/2005 06:02:00 AM  

  • Hey, the ACU WILDCATS are playing Double Headers the 15th @ 2p.m. and 16th @ 2p.m. They will be back the 29th @ 3p.m. and 30th @ noon both Double Headers as well. I miss watching the Giants and the A's play!

    While Baseball is not my
    favorite...it does certainly bring an "AHHHH, everything is going to be alright feeling!!! I do enjoy baseball. Some of my favorite movies are...Sandlot, For The Love Of The Game, Feild Of Dreams,and Angels In The Outfield.

    I love you guys, and hope that you have a blessed day enjoying all of God's blessings!

    By Blogger Kim Q., at 4/13/2005 06:36:00 AM  

  • The only thing better than a night at the Ballpark with a child is a night at Fenway with a child. I remember going to Fenway about 3 or 4 times a summer, and it was magical. Sure, you're crammed in there like sardines, you might have to sit behind a pillar (seriously!), and the guy next to you is sloshing beer the whole time (gosh, dad!), but I wouldn't replace those memories for anything. For those of you who haven't seen Fever Pitch, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, go see it. It's really great.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 4/13/2005 07:03:00 AM  

  • Baseball is great! Spending time with your children is even better! But spending time with your children playing, watching, talking... baseball? That is awesome!

    Glad it worked out last night. I won't be there tonight (I only show up when I preach) but Kim will. We will forgive you if you fall asleep while preaching. I mean, hey, it's baseball!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/13/2005 07:24:00 AM  

  • Now that's what baseball is all about! Not steroids or home runs, it's about family being able to enjoy being family. I LOVE baseball!

    Go CUBS!

    By Blogger Albone, at 4/13/2005 09:20:00 AM  

  • yeah, i really haven't found alot of things in life that make me happier than dollar dog night at the ballpark! (don't even try to get me to call it ameriquest field...because it won't happen!) i can't wait to take baby jack to his first rangers game!

    on a side note, mike, i would love to hear your comments on another blog today...
    http://www.j-wild.blogspot.com...he brings up some interesting ideas, and even mentions your name...i would love to get your take on it...

    By Blogger tine, at 4/13/2005 09:30:00 AM  

  • Mike, your post today is very similar to Greg Taylor's post on his blog. Time with our children is precious, huh?

    Why should God feel any different about His time with us?


    By Blogger David U, at 4/13/2005 10:30:00 AM  

  • Mike:
    So thankful you and Chris got to go out and enjoy America's National Pasttime. I really miss suiting up the old chest protector, mask and shinguards calling balls and strikes, but I found out that you truly can do a better job from your living room or the stands.

    By Blogger Buzz, at 4/13/2005 11:21:00 AM  

  • One of my favorite memories is my grandpa taking me to see the Dodgers agains the Cards in 64. Taking Brandon and Nathan in 93 to see the Cards again. For Brandon's birthday I got us good tickets for the Dodgers at Minute Maid or Enron, I don't know field. We use to go see the Angels play all the time when I was a kid my dad new name Bobbie Smith who played for the Angels back when they played at Chavez Ravine and were call the LA Angels.

    Watched the RR Express lose to the Iowa Cubs last night. Men on First and Third nobody out... Three Wiffs.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 4/13/2005 11:33:00 AM  

  • How about them Angels? A lot of offense in that game but (sadly) not much pitching. I'm glad you were there to root on John Lackey. If you wouldn't mind, pray for his arm -- and Vlad's knee while you're at it.

    Yesterday, my 4-year-old REALLY connected with a whiffle ball for the first time. Hit a hot shot right back up the middle. I love going to the game...I love watching my Angels...but some of the best baseball happens in the back yard.

    Blessings (and SO glad Chris was there with you)


    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 4/13/2005 12:27:00 PM  

  • I was there too, thought I might find you up in section 121, but to no avail...Hard to root against John L! Nothin' like a night at the ballpark, even when the rangers lose!

    By Blogger D.J. Bulls, at 4/13/2005 02:30:00 PM  

  • I just want you to know my brother, (Steve Thurman...Thurman8er to the blogging community) now quotes you like you were holy scripture and it's just irritating.

    "Rooting for the Yankees is not consistant with following Jesus."

    Do you remember saying that? Remember the power you have over people...

    After that comment, I personally want to refer to you like Avery did the first year he met you...

    "Who is this Mike Cope guy, anyway?"

    Love you...see you soon at Pepperdine.

    By Blogger Sandra, at 4/13/2005 02:47:00 PM  

  • Ah yes! The happiest time of the year - baseball season is back!!! :>)

    My SD Padres are doing pretty well, split a double header with Chicago Cubs today. The first game was absolutely brillant and the second equally lousy! [8-1 Chicago]

    My dad brought me to love sports in general, and a very special friend in San Diego, Christian Jew from south Philly, brought me to baseball. Bless you, Michael Sax!! [Michael seems to be a good friend's name. Yeah!!] :>)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 4/13/2005 03:21:00 PM  

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