America's Most Powerful Pastor
Crashing Mannywood: Joel Osteen takes over Dodger Stadium
Anyone who still harbors any doubts that the most powerful preacher on the planet resides in Houston might want to check out the tape of Joel Osteen's appearance at Dodger Stadium over the weekend.
Osteen nearly filled Dodger Stadium, bringing in almost 50,000 people at $15 a person, the kind of crowd that hasn't been seen in the place since the baseball team's home opener. And according to the Orange County Register, the Lakewood Church pastor brought the entire throng to its feet. The powerful (and mega rich) Osteen didn't forget his manners though. He made sure to thank the crowd for showing up.
"I know you're busy, but instead of doing anything else you chose to honor God," Osteen said. "God will honor you. Your new week will be good because you came to honor God."
Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez wishes he was still as popular as Osteen at his home ballpark. Manny did rush home to LA early Saturday morning, leaving his team in mid road trip. Of course, Manny claims that he wasn't speeding to see Osteen, that he wanted to get back in time for a Monday appointment with the team doctor. But God probably knows better.
The crowd at Dodger Stadium for Osteen wasn't decked out in fake dreadlocks like they are for Manny (can you sell a wig of perfectly-coiffed TV hair to the masses?) But then again, Osteen hasn't been caught with steroids in his system either.
Osteen did bring it for two and half hours — with the whole thing getting shown around the world on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. There was plenty of music and even more Osteens (the pastors' wife, two kids, brother and mom all talked about the way God has touched their lives). Now the only question is when will Osteen preach at Wimbledon Stadium?
He's now played Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium — arguably the two most iconic ballparks in this country (with apologies to Fenway and Wrigley) — in what's turning into an unofficial "Historic Night of Hope" tour.
Mannywood will never seem quite the same.