The first three games, for Bobby Cox as a manager, were losses. The fourth game was not going that well on a warm spring day in Atlanta. The previous year the Braves lost 101 games. Losses are painful and Bobby knew he had an uphill battle getting the Braves to become a winning team.
The Padres did not waste any time taking the lead and they led the whole game putting seven runs on the scoreboard. The Braves would not go away though and got to within one run in the sixth. Both teams were scoreless through two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Time was running out in the bottom of the ninth. Biff Pocoroba made the first out with a fly ball. Dale Murphy struck out, for out number two. The Braves’ third baseman kept their hopes alive with a single. So with the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate, Darrel got his first at bat of the game…
With a hitters count, Darrel drove the ball over the right field fence for a walk-off home run. Bobby Cox had his first win as a Braves manager. From Welcome to the Big Leagues–Every Man’s Journey to Significance pp 174, 175
Your dream comes true when you help someone else’s dream come true. Darrel was thankful for the opportunity that turned out to be a lot bigger than he could have imagined at the time and to help someone else achieve their goal. Think of a time when your work helped someone else live their dream. Savor the moment and express thanks to God.
Scripture Reading Philippians 4:13