“I Didn’t Want Her to Think I was Some Kind of Religious Nut, So I Held It In”

ESPN.com has a set of articles by Mike Downey, former Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribute sports columnist, about his 50 favorite moments on the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. 

The Los Angeles Angels (soon after, the California Angels, soon after the Anaheim Angels, soon after the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) called this stadium home from 1962-1965.  Downey puts as #3 an event that happened on June 1, 1962, subtitling it “A true Hollywood star.” 

On her 36th (and last) birthday, Marilyn Monroe goes to Beverly Hills to pick up "Something’s Gotta Give" co-star Dean Martin’s 10-year-old son, Dean Paul, to take him to a baseball game, as promised. At the park, Angels outfielder Albie Pearson is chosen to escort Monroe to home plate for a charity presentation. A week later, Monroe is fired from her film. A few weeks after that, she is found dead at her L.A. home.

Pearson (played for Angels 1961-66): "When she took her life, or whatever happened, it really devastated me. I looked into her eyes and she looked so lonely. I remembered every Bible verse I ever learned while I was staring at her. She asked me, ‘What? What is it you want to tell me?’ I didn’t want her to think I was some kind of a religious nut, so I held it in. It put my life on a different path from that day on. I saw past that woman’s beauty. I saw a lonesome, searching person. Her sadness had a profound effect on me."

All of us have been in situations like this.  We risk not wanting someone thinking we are a nut, especially of the religious persuasion.  But when death and hell are so close to so many, we cannot afford to be worried about what men may think.  We are here as ambassadors for Christ.  Let us proclaim His Good News to all who will hear: “Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). 

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One thought on ““I Didn’t Want Her to Think I was Some Kind of Religious Nut, So I Held It In”

  1. Jay Moyers

    Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
    Acts 4:13 (ESV)
    And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.
    Acts 5:42 (ESV)

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