Last week, my son Jake and I took our annual summer vacation to Georgia to visit with my Dad. The highlight of the trip was the day we traveled to Atlanta to watch the Atlanta Braves.
It’s been years since I saw the Braves play. And to be honest, I hardly catch any MLB action on TV. I get my fill of baseball from all the Little League games I go to when I watch Jake play.
The game moved at the typical baseball baseball pace. I had more than enough time to get up and get the hot dogs, cheeseburgers, frozen Slurpees and cotton candy and not miss a thing.
Until we hit the top of the 9th ….
That’s when they brought out The Closer. The Braves were ahead 2-0 but to ensure that they locked up the game, out came this new baseball player. The crowd went wild. They played ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and there were flame graphics all over the stadium when he jogged out into the field.
His job was to give it his all and make sure that the other team couldn’t score or even get on base. We had watched the back and forth for hours. Enough is enough. Here was the guy who was going to shut this thing down.
After he warmed up for a few minutes, they sent the first batter up to home plate. BAM. POP. BAM. Three up, three down.
They clocked this guy’s last throw at 99 mph. He threw the ball so hard that we heard it hit the catcher’s mitt from the stands.
I couldn’t stop thinking about this
For some reason, I couldn’t get this idea of The Closer out of my head. I talked about it for days. It was amazing how the crowd stood on their feet, cheering for him.
This guy sat in the AC all day while the other team members sweated and ran and hit and caught balls for hours. And in 15 minutes, he came in and shut this game down.
I mean, I get the whole idea of why they bring this guy out. But why couldn’t I stop thinking about this?
About three days into the vacation (and two days of talking about The Closer), I finally figured it out. The whole thing started to remind me about my legal problems that I’m going through with Jake’s dad. If you missed what happened, take a look at this post.
I’ve been dealing with these legal problems since February and now it’s August. I knew when we started this battle that it would go on for awhile, but eventually, there needs to be an end to this. Some sort of conclusion.
I think it’s time to call in The Closer.
Last month, we went through the mediation process. The back and forth with a neutral lawyer. From that, came an understanding of what the case looks like from a 3rd party not involved in this mess.
We got a clear understanding of his dad’s point of view. We saw where we couldn’t agree. We couldn’t even agree to disagree on some of the main points. And the whole thing brought up all the emotions of everything that has unfolded over this past year.
It was long and exhausting.
But it’s time to wrap this thing up. We’ve been moving at baseball game’s pace and going back and forth for months. We even enjoyed a 7th inning stretch over the quiet of the summer. But enough is enough.
It’s time to bring in a Closer to shut this thing down. Play some music, turn on the flame graphics and bring him out to the pitcher’s mound.
‘Cause it’s 1 – 2 – 3 strikes you’re out …