I knew that I'd be able to get field levels seats through contacts I have with the ballclub. Matthew and a friend went with me back to the media gate. While they waited there I went down to the clubhouse and asked Reg Gaskin, the security man at the clubhouse door, to get Kevin Malloy, the Jays' clubhouse manager for me. He asked what I needed and in a few minutes I had tickets for three great seats in hand.
Earlier I had dropped by the visitors' clubhouse to see Tom Foley (pictured), the 3rd base coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. We had a good visit and when I left Tom said, "thanks so much for coming down to see me. It really meant a lot!"
Looking back on the day I was thinking how I had benefited from the deposits I had made into the life bank of so many friends in the baseball world. We don't forge friendships for what we can get by any means but when "push comes to shove" and we are in a situation like Matthew and I were yesterday, those friendships we have nurtured can "help in times of need".
When we need to make a withdrawal from those life banks, it's good to know that there's a significant balance on account that we can draw against.
Are you making meaningful deposits into the lives of others? Are you coming alongside them to bless and encourage? A card sent in the mail, a pat on the back, a phone message left with a struggling friend to let him/her know that you care...all these gestures of love and kindness are building a balance in your life bank.
Let's make a deposit today in the life of a friend!
Thanks, Kevin! Good to see you, Tom!