Two buddies, Tom and Earl, were two of the biggest baseball fans in the world. Their entire adult lives, Tom and Earl discussed baseball history in the winter, and they poured over every box score during the season. They went to sixty games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to come back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven. One summer night, Tom passed away in his sleep after watching a Yankee victory earlier in the evening. He died happy. A few nights later, his buddy Earl awoke to the sound of Tom's voice from beyond.
"Tom is that you?" Earl asked. "Of course it's me," Tom replied.
"This is unbelievable!" Earl exclaimed. "So tell me, is there baseball in heaven?"
"Well, I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want to hear first?"
"Tell me the good news first."
"Well, the good news is that, yes, there is baseball in heaven, Earl."
"Oh, that is wonderful! So what could possibly be the bad news?"
"You're pitching tomorrow night."