Minor league manager and unselfish love

I would love to blog about a FSU victory over Miami today, but poor time management and a last second drop precludes me from doing so. Nothing redeeming to speak of about that game, nor the Rays who have dropped 6 straight games.

But I did hear a redeeming interview from the Rays Triple A Durham Bulls (minor league) manager Charlie Montoyo on Saturday. Managing a Triple A franchise involves a special kind of touch, since everyone who is playing for you, doesn’t really want to be there. Their goal is to play in the big leagues, not one step below it.

Yet you could tell that the manager really wanted these guys to succeed. Success means advancement for one party, and loss for the other. What I mean is that to success means they no longer play for him and help his team go the Triple A play-offs 3 years in a row. Success means his players getting called up to a more glorious situation than being stuck in Durham.

Still, he found joy in their successes, even though their successes would cost him. That’s love. He would be losing not only their relationships, but their skills, and they would receive joy and all of the benefits of playing in the big leagues.

That’s the kind of love the gospel can produce in us: instead of jealousy, we begin to rejoice with others in their successes, even when it means loss to us. If ultimately one has already showed us love by taking on great cost in order to see our paramount “success/promotion,” we can rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15).

This minor league manager can teach us a lot about love.

4 thoughts on “Minor league manager and unselfish love

  1. Good thoughts, Geoff. i would add, too, that nobody, relatively, knows who this guy is. His contribution to the baseball "kingdom" is measured by what others do, by their success, and he is forgotten. Worth pondering.

  2. Randy,That really is a good point. Sometimes Kingdom contributions can fly under the radar. An elderly woman investing in college students, a small church sending missionaries, a single woman teaching kids Sunday school, etc…Definitely worth pondering. Thanks for the comment.

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