Russell and Duenes

Back from Bar Exam Exile

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Shout out to all three of my regular readers. I’ve been on hiatus for about a month due to bar exam prep.  With that pesky little test behind me (hopefully, for good; we’ll find out in September), I hope to get back into some regular writing. Oh, and we had a little girl, too. Georgia Lilias Duenes was born on July 8th, and now I can actually spend some time with her.

As you may know, Vin Scully announced that he’ll be returning to the broadcast booth as the Dodgers’ announcer for yet another season. My oldest son’s middle name is Vincent, named after . . . you guessed it. But what is truly mind-blowing about Vin Scully, at least if you’re a baseball fan with any sense of the history of the game, is that he began doing Dodger games in 1950. That’s crazy. My parents were 9 years old when Scully started. I mean, think about some of the players that were playing in 1950: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Warren Spahn, Stan Musial, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider and Nellie Fox, just  to name a few. Then think about some of the players in the span of Scully’s career: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Don Sutton, Reggie Jackson, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Roberto Clemente, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, and need I go on? In fact, if you look at the all-time home run leaders in major league baseball, and look at every player who has hit more than 500 career homers, Scully has been broadcasting during every one of their careers, save for Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott. As I say, that’s plain crazy. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. I truly consider myself blessed to have grown up a Dodger fan, if for no other reason than Vin Scully.

Speaking of baseball, if you haven’t read it, sit yourself down and read “Damned Yankee,” by Sports Illustrated’s Gary Smith. Just google it and you’ll be able to find it. (Be sure to find the version that has the pictures with it). It’s an incredible story, brilliantly written. Trust me, and treat yourself to it.

“So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him. Male and female He created them.” If this is true, and it is, it contains explosive, idol-slaying power far beyond most modern Christians’ reckoning. Think about it’s implications for issues such as race, education, science, welfare, sexuality, marriage, parenting, war, artificial reproductive technologies, lawmaking, slavery, economics, indeed, for every issue of any consequence to human existence. Then think about the implications if it were not true. I fear we have ceded far too much in shying away from a bold proclamation of this truth in the public square, in favor of hoping for some kind of “common ground” with the secularists. There is no common ground on this point, period. The secularists don’t believe it, any thus, any objective, universal rights the secularist might afford to human beings is based on the spiritual capital the secularists are borrowing from this truth, without acknowledging it, of course. The reality of mankind in God’s image preaches, and it preaches powerfully, because it has the force and logic of truth. Start with this truth, as the foundation and basis for all human rights, apart from which there is no foundation. Let us stop looking at it as a stumbling block to “dialogue” because it might be seen as “religious.” It is no such thing. It is universal truth, resounding throughout all creation.



Written by Michael Duenes

August 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

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  1. Great read Mike. If you really look at it, us Angelenos have been spoiled forever with Vin, Bob Miller the Hall of Famer Kings announcer, and the late Chick Hearn of the Lakers… Velvet to the ears of us sports fans! He tragedy is that NBC in their ultimate wisdom chose other announcers over Miller for both of the recent Kings Stanley Cup victories. The Kings however had Miller and his partner Jim Fox call the games and release the recordings in some of their Championship memorabilia such as books etc.. Much love and many blessings my brother!

    Mark Blair

    August 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    • Totally agree, Mark. Miller is one for the ages, Hearn was the best, and don’t forget that the Angels had some pretty good announcers themselves: Al Michaels and Dick Enberg for awhile.


      russell and duenes

      August 2, 2014 at 5:29 am

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