My dad is a great man, one of the most spiritual men that I know. He works in the Manhattan Temple every Friday night. It's the highlight of his week. Every time I talk to him, he tells me about something he did in the temple the past week.
He's also a huge sports fan. Some of my best memories are of watching sports with him. Every time I talk to him, we chat a bit about what's going on in the sports world.
He and my mom came for a visit this weekend. Predictably, my dad started talking about the temple and baseball soon after he arrived.
"Did you see what happened to Hideki Matsui?" Matsui is a Japanese baseball player who plays left field for the New York Yankees. He broke his wrist diving to catch a ball, and expected to miss most of the season. Dad likes him because he plays for the Yankees (my parents live in New York) and because he's Japanese.
"I was sitting in the temple on Friday, and I was thinking about what happened to Matsui. So I put his name on the prayer roll." Dad smiles apologetically as he says this. "He certainly can use some healing prayers right now."