If you’ve ever seen the mind-blowing movie “The Number 23,” starring Jim Carrey, in which his character reads a book about the number 23 and then begins obsessing over it and all the ways that not only his life but also important events directly coincide with the number 23, some modification of the number 23, or a number related to the number 23 (e.g. William Shakespeare was born on Apr 23 and died on Apr 23; Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times; human sex cells have 23 chromosomes, etc), then you can completely understand the mind-blowing day I had today. However, if you saw the movie and you a) weren’t on drugs, b) weren’t a paranoid schizophrenic, or c) could intelligently decipher that there are hundreds of ways to get something to fit into a little predefined box, then maybe my day won’t be that big of a deal to you. But let’s pretend that these following facts aren’t merely coincidences and are actually signs from the cosmos that they actually mean something on a grander scale. Oooohhhhhh.
So, let’s start dissecting how the number 4 is significant to this day, beginning with a simple example–today is September 4th. Even more simply, including myself, my wife and I brought the 4th boy into our family this morning at 2:44 am. Now a little more twisted, we were the 4th couple to arrive at labor & delivery this morning with the woman already dilated to an 8, which is highly irregular when it’s not a full moon. Not including my wife and myself, there were 4 people in the room helping to deliver this baby, whose nickname can be broken down into 4 characters. Lastly, I was at the hospital today on 4 separate occasions today.
Now let’s see how the number 4 was indirectly involved in other things in my life today. All three baseball teams that I follow regularly–Yankees, Red Sox, Rays–each had outcomes related to the number 4. The Red Sox lost not once, but twice to the White Sox during a day/night doubleheader, losing each time 3-1 (3 + 1 = 4). The Tampa Bay Rays lost in Baltimore 8-4 (8 – 4 = 4). The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-5 and out hit them 9-7 ((7 + 9) – (5 + 7) = 4). Combined, the three teams hit 4 home runs.
See what I mean? It’s incredible. Clearly this means something.