First the one-liner…
Claude Bouchard (@ceebee308)
I saw this last week and thought it was perfect. According to the New Testament, myrrh was a gift from one of the Magi to the Baby Jesus, and it’s used mainly to preserve a dead body. Wikipedia’s article says that, to harvest myrrh from the Commiphora myrrha, a small, thorny tree, the tree is beaten and wounded repeatedly so the myrrh, an oleoresin, will bleed out. The significance is that it prefigures Jesus’ suffering at the hands of the Romans when he is scourged. It’s interesting to note that frankincense is harvested the same way, from a different tree, and the cuts made in the bark of the tree are called “stripes.”
When you’re a kid, though, myrrh is a total mystery. You understand gold, and frankincense is essentially incense, so you can figure that. But myrrh? All you can figure is it’s fun to say. “Myrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh!”
I hear the word “sacrifice,” and the first thing I think of is the baseball play in which a hitter either bunts or hits the ball into the air with the intention of moving one or more runners into scoring position or scoring a runner from third base. Typically the people who are called on to sacrifice are the weaker hitters in the lineup, such as pitchers or middle infielders who are valuable more for their fielding abilities than their hitting. In essence, the hitter is “giving himself up” to score a run for the team or to move a runner to second or third base, from which it’s easier for the runner to score.
One of the real artists in sacrificing was Nellie Fox, who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950 to 1963. He typically batted second behind Luis Aparicio, a very fast man who would get on base a lot and was a threat to steal a base anytime he was on. Nellie would come to bat with Luis on first and try to keep the ball away from the catcher, who could throw Luis out if he caught the ball, so he would bunt (let the ball bounce off his bat and drop on the ground, causing the other infielders to shift out of position to try and retrieve the ball and throw Nellie out), by which time Luis would be on second base, able to score on a hit by one of the better hitters coming up after Nellie. Nellie was fast enough that sometimes he would get on base as well, and was a good enough hitter that he could hit the ball into the outfield and get on base that way.
I realize that many of you (maybe even most) have no idea what I was talking about, so thanks for making the sacrifice and letting me ramble…
The prompt “sacrifice” for Just Jot It January (JJJ) was supplied by Me – Who Am I?, who would love it if you would stop by her blog. JJJ and One-Liner Wednesday are both sponsored by Linda Hill, who would likewise enjoy a visit.