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On his way to his 70th
homerun during the summer of '98, it looked like Mark McGwire just hit
his 66th homer of the season, but the umpire ruled that Michael
Chapes of Waterford, Wisconsin reached over the fence and caught the ball
in bounds and ruled it a "ground rule double." After catching
the ball, Michael began to lose his balance. Instead of helping to steady
him, Johnny Luna of Queens, New York took the ball from his glove right
before Chaps fell into the pit behind the outfield wall at County Stadium.
The umpire tossed Chapes from the stadium and officials gave him a $518.50
citation for trespassing.
Gerald Digilio, also of Queens,
brought Luna and three other youths with him to the game. They had a pact
to split the proceeds from the sale of any ball they might catch. Digilio
wasn't about to give the ball back to McGwire since "He never came
to Astoria to give us anything."
Greed doesn't look good on
anyone, does it?
Their actions are in stark
contrast with Tim Forneris, a 22-year-old
groundskeeper who retrieved McGwire's record-breaking 62nd homer.
He gave Mark McGwire, the million-dollar ball, saying "I think I have
something that belongs to you." McGwire in turn gave it to the Hall
of Fame to display beside Ruth's and Marris' record breaking balls.
Forneris and McGwire, both displayed
the kind of attitude Christians should have about their possessions. We
do not hoard our treasure, we share it with the world realizing they ultimately
belong to God.