Down By The Shul Yard

Someone taught Danny Saunders to hit a ball, run the bases, and come home.

Chaim Potok‘s adolescent character in The Chosen emerges from a culture steeped in tradition, education, learning and study. While his family’s primary focus may have been the Torah and the Talmud, someone took responsibility for extending Danny’s learning to the ball field.

In the brief history of Pray4Mets, countless men and women have succinctly explained their origin of being a Mets fan: ‘I was twelve years old in 1969.’

Proselytizing is part of some religions, not part of others. Glory hallelujah, there are no restrictions in proselytizing the awesome nature of baseball, of being a player and being a fan.

If you have a twelve-year old in your life, dust off your mitt, find a bat and a ball, take him or her (or them) to the schoolyard or ballfield or Citi Field, and pass on the awesomeness. Be that someone this summer.

“I was Buddy Harrelson. Charlie was Cleon Jones. Bobby was Jerry Koosman.  That summer, everything was baseball.’

Isaiah, 28:9-10:

To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.

Proverbs, 22:6:

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

If you send your children or grandchildren off to camp this summer, have them remember the Mets during their daily ablutions. Teach them the words to say. As is the case every summer, we need all the help we can get.

-Maureen Edelson, Creator, Pray4Mets

Montclair, New Jersey USA

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Image of Robby Benson as ‘Danny Saunders’ from ‘The Chosen,’ 1981, directed by Jeremy Kagan.




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