By Tom Gibson, IL Saints Softball Coach
After doing this semi-humorous column for the past four years, I have collected a fair amount of fan mail. I sorted through the bag and, while there was a copious amount of complaint mail, there were some good questions for an average run-of-the-mill missionary athlete like myself.
Dear Gibby, What is your favorite prison memory?- INQUISITIVE IN IRVINE
Dear Inquisitive, It would be impossible to choose just one. I have special memories of playing softball and sharing the Gospel in places like FCI Greenville, Danville CC, Toledo CI, and Louisiana State Prison. But my most favorite recent prison memory is doing an open field tackle to tag out a runner at Avon Park CI in Florida…it was the 3rd down stop that we desperately needed!
Dear Gibby, What exactly are your plans for the extra COVID weight?- NOSEY IN NETTLETON
Dear Nosey, Putting a spin on a quote from former Philadelphia Phillies’ great, John Kruk, “Lady, I’m not an athlete, I’m a softball player!”
Dear Gibby, I’m writing in regard to your bus warranty. The warranty is up for renewal but only if you act now. Please call us at 555-3226 and please have your credit card number, social security number, mother’s maiden name, name of the street you grew up on, your MySpace.com password, and first-born child ready to renew your warranty. – LEGIT IN LEWISTOWN
Dear Legit, You sound like a great guy who likes to help people and I’m sure your credentials are impeccable , so I’d like to make you an offer! If you will please call me back with your mailing address, I will send you all the information you requested – and the title to the bus!
Dear Gibby, Who is your favorite baseball announcer? – WONDERING IN WITCHITA
Dear Witchita, Living in the Midwest, we have been blessed to hear such great voices such as Pat Hughes, Bob Uecker, Steve Stone, Jack Buck, and Ken Harrelson, but the soundtrack to my childhood is Cubs baseball with the broadcasting of Harry Caray. While he never helped me pronounce Mark Grudzielanek correctly, he helped me to have an appreciation for the fun parts of the game when you are getting beat 12-0. But to accurately answer your question, anybody but Joe Buck…
Dear Gibby, As part of a non-denominational parachurch ministry, how do people from different backgrounds get along? – FUNDAMENTAL IN FULLERTON
Dear Fundamental, this has never been an issue during my tenure with the ministry…as long as you don’t bring up music styles, Bible colleges, Bible translations, online church, smoke machines, multi-site services, pastors who wear ties, pastors who don’t wear ties, anyone who has a radio ministry, or John Piper’s Twitter account. T
hank you to everyone who has been writing in! As we return to the field this summer, I will be looking forward to more inspiring questions amidst all of the complaint mail!