Life Is A Mixture Of Hits And Errors
In 1986 Bob Brenley was playing third base for the San Francisco Giants. In
the fourth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Brenley made an error on
a routine ground ball. Four batters later he kicked away another grounder. And
then while he was scrambling after the ball, he threw wildly past home plate
trying to get the runner there. Two errors on the same play. A few minutes later
he muffed yet another play to become the first player in the twentieth century
to make four errors in one inning.
Now, those of us who have made very public errors in one situation or another
can easily imagine how he felt during that long walk off the field at the end of
that inning. But then in the bottom of the fifth, Brenley hit a home run. Then
in the seventh, he hit a bases-loaded single, driving in two runs and tying the
Then in the bottom of the ninth, Brenley came up to bat again, with two outs.
He ran the count to three and two and then hit a massive home run into the left
field seats to win the game for the Giants. Brenley's score card for that day
came to three hits and five at bats, two home runs, four errors, four runs
allowed, four runs driven in, including the game-winning run.
Certainly life is a lot like that--a mixture of hits and errors. And there is
grace in that.
Nancy Becker, "A Theology of Baseball"