It was in 1873, in Dublin that D.L. Moody heard British evangelist Henry Varley utter
those life changing words: "The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and
through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him." It was after an
all-night prayer meeting in Dublin, at the home of Henry Bewley. Varley did not even
remember making the statement when Moody reminded him of it a year later. "As I
crossed the wide Atlantic," Moody said, "the boards of the deck...were engraved
with them, and when I reached Chicago, the very paving stones seemed marked with
them." The result: Moody decided he was involved in too many ministries to be
effective and therefore began to concentrate on evangelism.
W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of
Preaching & Preachers, p. 200.
Steve Lyons will be remembered as the player who dropped his pants. He could be
remembered as an outstanding infielder ... as the player who played every position for the
Chicago White Sox ... as the guy who always dove into first base ... as a favorite of the
fans who high fived the guy who caught the foul ball in the bleachers. He could be
remembered as an above-average player who made it with an average ability. But he won't.
He'll be remembered as the player who dropped his pants on July 16, 1990.
The White Sox were playing the Tigers in Detroit. Lyons bunted and raced down the
first-base line. He knew it was going to be tight, so he dove at the bag. Safe! The
Tiger's pitcher disagreed. He and the umpire got into a shouting match, and Lyons stepped
in to voice his opinion. Absorbed in the game and the debate, Lyons felt dirt trickling
down the inside of his pants. Without missing a beat he dropped his britches, wiped away
the dirt, and ... uh oh ...twenty thousand jaws hit the bleachers' floor.
And, as you can imagine, the jokes began. Women behind the White Sox dugout waved
dollar bills when he came onto the field. "No one," wrote one columnist,
"had ever dropped his drawers on the field. Not Wally Moon. Not Blue Moon Odom. Not
even Heinie Manush." Within twenty-four hours of the "exposure," he
received more exposure than he'd gotten his entire career; seven live television and
approximately twenty radio interviews.
"We've got this pitcher, Melido Perex, who earlier this month pitched a
no-hitter," Lyons stated, "and I'll guarantee you he didn't do two live
television shots afterwards. I pull my pants down, and I do seven. Something's pretty
skewed toward the zany in this game." Fortunately, for Steve, he was wearing sliding
pants under his baseball pants. Otherwise the game would be rated "R" instead of
Now, I don't know Steve Lyons. I'm not a White Sox fan. Nor am I normally appreciative
of men who drop their pants in public. But I think Steve Lyons deserves a salute. I think
anybody who dives into first base deserves a salute. How many guys do you see roaring down
the baseline of life more concerned about getting a job done than they are about saving
their necks? How often do you see people diving headfirst into anything? Too seldom,
right? But when we do ... when we see a gutsy human throwing caution to the wind and
taking a few risks ... ah, now that's a person worthy of a pat on the ... back. So here's
to all the Steve Lyons in the world.
Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, Word Publishing, 1991,
Statistics and Stuff
Dr. Ari Kiev of Cornell University observed that from the moment people decided to
concentrate all their energies on a specific objective, they began to surmount the most
difficult odds. He concluded, "The establishment of a goal is the key to successful
Today in the Word, July, 1990, p. 14.