Image: PacBell Park, San Francisco, summertime. (350543/Pixabay)
Blessed are You, Eternal our God, Ruler of All-That-Is! In Your wisdom You commanded the orderly progression of night into day, and set the planets in motion with a word. Grant seychel to the baseball team managers as they set our players in motion from team to team, from franchise to franchise. May they achieve the perfect harmony they seek. Amen.
Give comfort to the players in motion and their families. May their new home be a good home, and may they be greeted with enthusiasm wherever they go. Amen.
Console the fans, O God of Compassion, as they mourn the departure of favorite players. Give them open hearts to receive the new faces, the bats and gloves of new players. Give them patience for a period of adjustment. Amen.
May the bats be mighty and the pitchers wily. May the green diamonds overflow with the joy of the game, and may all players and fans alike end each game with gratitude for what went well, and energetic discussion of what lacked.
And when this season nears completion, when the dwindling hours of day reflect the dwindling number of teams in post-season play, let our team remain victorious to the last inning, so that we may glorify Your Name with the World Series trophy. Amen.
Blessed are You, Eternal our God, who enlivens our hearts with games. Amen.
* A rabbinical note: The prayer above is from Sefer Greenberg, a book of prayers attributed to Jewish baseball great Hank Greenberg, although certain skeptical Wissenschaft types insist that it is likely a pseudepigraphal piece, probably written in about 5768 by a ba’al teshuvah in Detroit, probably a Tigers fan.
4 thoughts on “Prayer for Baseball Trades”
Sandy Koufax will ALWAYS be my all-time favorite baseball player. He sure is someone to admire.
Yep. I’m a true blue Dodger fan born and raised in L.A. where my father sold clothing to Sandy and Don Drysdale and Maury Wills!
What is it about Jews and baseball? So many of us are true fans of the sport. I have been an Oakland Athletics fan ever since I saw my first professional game back in the 1980’s. I tried to move my affection to the Dodgers when I was in school in LA but I just couldn’t do it.
Loved this piece last year. Laughing again @ it, this year. As a Cleveland Indians fan, it’s essential to keep laughing…. 😎
I understand so well. I’m an Oakland A’s fan.