A Picture with Derek Jeter

>This past week we spent a couple days in Minneapolis, MN to watch the Yankees beat the Twins. I married into a family of die-hard Yankee fans; I stood little chance. I now cheer for the winning-est team in baseball–proudly, too.

We decided to check out downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday before the game, and while the ladies caressed jackets at Neiman Marcus that cost more than a nice used car, the men decided to check out the new Twins stadium. On making their way back to the meeting place, the guys ducked into Barnes and Noble to get a refreshing beverage and spotted Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. Joe stood there awe-struck, wondering what course of action should be taken, when Derek looked up and made eye contact with my NYY-clad husband. A look of horror on being “recognized” overtook Jeter’s face wherein he turned to his teammate and said something, and they quickly fixed their drinks and made a bee-line for the door.

The famous Yankees had been spotted by love-struck fans and they wanted out of dodge.

My husband and father-in-law followed, yes, followed them out the door and three blocks later decided to ask them for a picture. Jeter and Posada obliged. With the picture taken, both parties headed their separate ways.

And I’ve gotten to see my husband flip his phone at least a hundred times to look upon the face of Derek Jeter with delight and satisfaction since! Which brings me to a passage of scripture I’ve been returning to these past few weeks: Mark 8.

A couple weeks ago I blogged on this same passage, but as I think of my husband’s pursuit of his beloved Yankees I find a great parallel to Jesus and the crowd found here.

“In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, ‘I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.'” Mark 8:1-3

We know that Jesus is famous at this time because “in those days, the multitude [was] great.” He was probably used to people following Him and His disciples. The Pharisees seemed to show up wherever He was so that they could catch Him doing something unlawful and therefore have reason to destroy Him. Young intellectuals wanted to learn from Him and sometimes question His teachings and unconventional ways. The sick and broken came to Him looking for a touch. And no doubt, there were others who just wanted to see and be seen with someone famous. Jesus was a pretty popular fella at this time.
Everyone had (has) their reasons for following Christ.

Some had come a long way to see Jesus. Many followed Him while their stomachs growled. They finally received a meal–proof of God’s provision.

My husband followed Derek and Jorge for 3 city blocks. He finally got a picture.

How far will I go for Him? What am I willing to endure in order to receive “proof” of His provision? What kind of hunger pangs will I have to experience so that I might touch Him?

My husband’s persistence paid off, and for those that lived during the days of Jesus, their persistence paid off. May He find me persistent and, like the multitude, have compassion on me for I am hungry.

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2 Responses to “A Picture with Derek Jeter”
  1. Anonymous says:

    WWJD? Not stalk Yankees.

  2. Amanda O'Tremba Oster says:

    Anonymous: I'm assuming the "J" in WWJD is referring to Jesus? You are probably right, and you are funny! 🙂

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