Chalk This One Up Under Ramadan

In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

I had just finished seeing a patient in the hospital (at 10 PM…sheesh!), and I happened to catch the tail end of Game 2 of the ALCS. Let me make my disclosure up front: I am not a regular Sox fan; I’m a Cubs fan. Nevertheless, it makes me happy to see a Chicago team play in the post-season, and I am first and foremost a Chicagoan, so GO SOX!

Anyway…it was the bottom of the 9th inning, the score was tied at 1-1, and A. J. Pierzynski was batting a full count. He swings and clearly misses, and it clearly looks like the Angels catcher, Josh Paul, caught the ball. The umpire however, did not call the third out, and Pierzynski ran to first and was called safe. The Angels manager ran out of the dugout to argue the call, but the call stood. Pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna then stole second, and Joe Crede hit a game-winning double.

Unbelievable. I clearly thought that A.J. Pierzynski would be called out, and the game would go into overtime. So, I turned and walk away. At the next TV screen I looked up at, the Sox were celebrating their win. I am very happy, don’t get me wrong, but I chalk this win up under the blessings of Ramadan. Quite clearly, it was God who made the umpires not see that Pierzynski clearly struck out, and that lead to the White Sox victory tonight. It reminds me of this verse in the Qur’an: “and We have set a barrier before them and a barrier behind them, and We have enshrouded them in veils so that they cannot see” (36:9).

This does not take away from the fantastic baseball that was played by the White Sox tonight, and I commend them highly for it. But what happened in the bottom of the ninth with A.J. Pierzynski was nothing short of Divine intervention. Yup, most definitely, you have to chalk this win up under Ramadan.


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