Nobody’s perfect, not even Robbie Grossman. As an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Robbie set the Major League record for most consecutive games without an error.
Considering the games are nine innings, with 162 games a season, players like Robbie have multiple opportunities every day to miss a ball. It’s not just the sheer volume of baseballs hit their way, but that hardball is often hit at over 100 mph, in the wind, in the cold, in the rain, in the heat, in the bright stadium lights.
While pro ball players are the best in the world, a few errors are acceptable and expected. Except for Robbie. He did not make an error in the field for over 4 years. 440 games played. 544 baseballs soaring and spinning and skipping his way. Robbie was Mr. Perfect. Until Sunday, when he lost a pop fly in the sun at Chicago. The ball caromed off his glove and hit the ground. The batter was safe and came around moments later to score the winning run for the White Sox.
Robbie offered no excuses, saying after the game, “Just a popup, and I missed it.” Well, don’t worry, Robbie. Nobody’s perfect. Not in baseball and not in life.
The Bible tells us, “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). We might seem to go a long while without breaking one of God’s commands—but we all drop the ball eventually. That’s why Jesus came! As God’s Son, He never committed a single error, even when He had every chance to sin like we do (Hebrews 4:15).
But God charged all the errors on our scorecards against Christ when He went to the cross (Colossians 2:14). Though you and I and Robbie are not perfect, we can turn in faith to the One who is.
Comments or questions? You can email Pastor Jeff: firstname.lastname@example.org