There was so much hype surrounding Game 1 of the world series; specifically the great pitching duel between two of the best pitchers in the game: Two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum facing off against Cliff Lee, 7-0 lifetime in the postseason and a 1.26 ERA. It was the “Freak” vs. the second coming of Sandy Koufax. The night, however, didn’t live up to its billing. Lee, gave up 7 runs and Lincecum 4. Both did not have their best stuff. It was quite a letdown for all those waiting for an epic showdown of great pitchers. No one believed the game would pan out the way it did. Given how great they pitched all season long, and their superlative performances in the playoffs, everyone was predicting that the game would be one for the ages, a game worthy of being shown on ESPN classic. How wrong we all proved to be!
All we know with certainty is what happened in the past; no one knows for sure what the future will bring. As the saying goes, “Man plans and God laughs.” We can run all the statistical data and attempt to compute with 99.9% accuracy the outcome of a particular event, but we can never be 100% certain. Nothing in this world is foreordained. God has given us free will and abundant talents to use as best we can. We each have the ability to beat the odds. If not, we would be watching a World Series between the Yankees and the Phillies.
It’s fun and exciting to predict and prognosticate, but we should never be fooled into believing that what we are doing is more than fortune telling. Predicting the future is not an exact science, and that’s what makes life so fun and so worth living.