The thought occurred to me how many times we fail at celebrating. Those of us who follow Christ sometimes are not very good at it. Why is that? I feel strongly, when we lack a generous heart we fail at celebration.
You baseball fans will recall the story of Roger Maris.
On October 1, 1961, New York Yankee Roger Maris became the first-ever major-league baseball player to hit more than 60 home runs in a single season. The great Babe Ruth set the record in 1927. He’d hit 61 homers, but his new record wasn’t official. In July, baseball commissioner Ford Frick had announced that he wouldn’t consider Ruth’s record broken unless the player who broke it had hit more than 60 home runs in fewer than 154 games-the number of games Ruth’s Yankees had played in the 1927 season. (By 1961, teams played 162 regular-season games.) Frick had more than a passing interest in the issue: He’d been a good friend of the Babe’s and thought it was his responsibility to guard his legacy as closely as possible. The ever-disdainful Rogers Hornsby told anyone who would listen that the young Yankee “has no right to break Ruth’s record.”
While there was never an official asterisk next to any record of Maris’-in fact, the league didn’t even have its own record book until 1995, and of course Frick had no real say over what anybody else put in their record books-the league simply considered Ruth’s and Maris’ to be two separate accomplishments. In 1991, an MLB committee on historical accuracy voted to remove the distinction and award the record fully to Maris, who had died of cancer six years earlier.