Overcoming Evil

Wade Boggs is in the Hall-of-Fame.  He played third base for the Red Sox. He got a late start, not making it to the Major League until he was 25 years old. His stats are impressive. He is one of the few players with over 3000 hits in spite of his late arrival in the Major Leagues.

There is a strong hatred between the Red Sox and Yankees. He had one fan who was always on his back.  He sat in the box seats near the field and he would shout at Boggs every time the Red Sox came to Yankee Stadium.  He was relentless shouting — obscenities and insults. One day Boggs could take it no more.

As he was warming up the fan started his yelling.  Boggs walked directly to the man and said, Hey fella, are you the guy who’s always yelling at me?  The man defiantly answered: Yeah, it’s me. What are you going to do about it?

Wade simply took out a new baseball from his pocket… signed his name to it… and saying nothing more, tossed it to the man. The story goes the man never yelled at Boggs again. In fact, he became one of Boggs biggest fans.

Ironically, Boggs was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees the final couple of years of his career.

Paul writes in Romans 12:21: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

It’s not our natural reaction.  It’s one of those truths that has to be practiced to believe! But, oddly often it is the best solution to a bad problem!