The expression “Tinker to Evers to Chance” was coined from the names of the Chicago Cubs’ double play combination as mention in the 1910 F. P. Adams poem (see my last blog). It became a common 20th century American saying for a smooth-running operation, a well-oiled machine.
But the amazing part about this highly effective and efficient trio is the fact that they didn’t like each other – at all! They worked together so smoothly on the field for over a decade that they became famous, but they would hardly even talk together off the field.
First baseman Frank Chance, the best player of the three, was standoffish with almost everyone and didn’t really like the other two. Shortstop Joe Tinker felt disrespected by second baseman Johnny Evers and actually fought with him on and off the field. Evers was a general all-around obnoxious guy who fought with anyone and almost no one liked him.
So, I find it almost inconceivable that these three guys could work together so effectively for so long. Even more amazing, they propelled everyone around them to excel, as well, and for 5 years they were the best team in all of baseball!
Most of us have issues with someone we live, work or worship with. Since we are all people who do and say stupid stuff, what else should we expect? Yet, it is still possible to find common ground and a cause to work for together – and these three guys prove it.
What’s more Tinkers, Evers and Chance did it without any supernatural spiritual help. As believers, we not only have a common Cause, but also a Special Empowerment Who will enable us. So let’s get our eyes off people, places and things and get the job done that He has called and empowered us to do.
Always and Only One Day at a Time,
Pastor Gary Byers
Spiritual Life Director