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Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

One of the hallmarks of greatness in professional sports is consistency. When I think about consistency in sports, I think about Cal Ripken and his iron man streak of 2,632 consecutive games played over a 17-year period. To be able to perform at a high level, let alone stay healthy, for such a lengthy period of time made Ripken one…

Reflections on God's Faithfulness Podcast

When we reflect on God’s faithfulness to His people, we see a time-tested truth: that He is with us even during times of adversity, pressure, and trial. On Sports Spectrum, hear from former Yankee second baseman, Bobby Richardson, and Gari Meacham, author and wife of Major League baseball coach Bobby Meacham. Find encouragement from God’s Word for your situation on…

Breaking the Logjam

Last week, the annual Major League Baseball owners’ meetings took place, and everyone expected lots of wheeling and dealing. But the expected flood of player movement was not happening—it was more like a trickle. Analysts maintained that the logjam was created by the two top free-agent players, pitcher Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton. Once they found their teams of choice,…

Working Through a Slump

Months that start with “A” were not kind to the Los Angeles Angels during this past baseball season. The Halos got off to a dreadful start in April, starting the season 6-14, so that they were 8 games under .500 before they even got to May! Then, the bats—Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo—started heating up and the Angels started…

Surprising Heroes

Living in Michigan, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Tiger fans celebrate their impending visit to the World Series. Certainly, the Detroit squad has its fair share of stars, with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, power-hitting Prince Fielder, and dominating pitcher Justin Verlander all doing their part to drive the Tigers to the Series.

In the ALCS, however, it was…

Extraordinary Drama

Last Wednesday was one of the best days of baseball in recent history, with a quadruple-header of postseason action featuring two elimination games. To add spice to the day, two of the games (Yankees-Orioles and Tigers-A’s) had exciting, come-from-behind finishes, allowing the Yanks to take the lead in their series, while the A’s were able to snatch a late victory…

Costly Decisions

Last Friday night, in the National League’s one-game wild card playoff, Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves were eliminated from the postseason by the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The outcome, however, hinged heavily on one call by the left field foul line umpire who enforced the infield fly rule on a ball that landed harmlessly to the…

The Gift Versus the Giver

Recently, I saw a piece on ESPN about my all-time favorite baseball player Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente was a true five-tool player with great abilities in hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding, and throwing—especially throwing. I have great memories of sitting in the old Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh watching Roberto roam right field. Yet, when he…

Part of the Team

Baseball is a team game, requiring the successful coordination of players with distinctive roles. Each of the 9 defensive positions on the field demands a particular skillset, which usually means that if you are good at one position, you will struggle at several others. On May 13, 2008, however, a collegiate baseball player named Buster Posey (now with the San…

Staying in Focus

In the bright lights of the World Series, players and coaches find themselves under a microscope. Every managerial move is scrutinized, every at bat takes on greater importance, and every defensive play has added value. The distractions of media, weather, and all of the other elements that make the World Series baseball’s biggest stage can create an environment that makes…