RBIs, Teammates, and God’s Word

Today’s Reading: Psalm 1:1-3 Questions to think about: What are your goals on the field? You’ve thought about them, but what are they, really? What about off the field, as a person, as a Christian, in your relationships, your future work, and so on?...

Spring Training and the Resurrection of Christ

We didn’t know it at the time, but the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins would become one of the best we’d ever see. Surprisingly, each team featured only two future Hall of Fame players, Jack Morris and Kirby Puckett from Minnesota,...

Spring Training Trip, Part 5: Help

You would think—or at least I did—that professional baseball players don’t really need any help. After all, aren’t they the machines we watch on television throughout the season? Don’t they show up every day needing no one and nothing?  Can’t they just do on the field...

Spring Training Trip, Part 4: Pinnacle

Honestly, it’s hard to describe. There’s just nothing like Spring Training. Over 200 young men competing for less than 200 roster spots. Seven practice fields better than anything I ever played on. One field just for taking ground balls. Another just for...

Spring Training Trip, Part 3: Overwhelmed

I couldn’t sleep the night we arrived in Phoenix. Still a little tense from the flight and all the logistics of rental cars and getting to the hotel, I was also just overwhelmed. By how all this came together. By getting to be there with my son. By what I was about to...

Spring Training Trip, Part 2: Pain

I hadn’t flown since before 9/11. Entering the Nashville airport, my son and I had no idea what to expect. Having read everything I could about the latest security regulations, we felt as prepared as we could be. Our shuttle dropped us at the terminal entrance, where...