“Baseball is indeed the fulcrum on which the narrative is balanced — and the game’s storylines are essential to the tale — but this is only because the novel is actually about sacrifice — about a series of sacrifices that various characters make in order to advance the good of others.”
“Often we picture God like an umpire: crouching down whenever we step up to the plate, waiting to call strikes and outs, watching for the least infraction. But ours is a God of justice and mercy. Not simply the judge with the rulebook and the last word, but also love incarnate.”
A new film, “Soul of a Champion: The Gil Hodges Story,” made its debut Nov. 8, mere weeks before the Hall of Fame’s “Golden Days Era” committee considers the on- and off-field attributes of Hodges and a fistful of other players from the post-World War II years.