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Warning Track Podcast

The crack of a bat. Silence grips the stadium as the ball flies through the air. Will the outfielder make the game-winning catch? Or does this mean the end of the season? The Sports Spectrum team catches up with Cardinals broadcaster Ricky Horton and former MLB infielder, Tony Graffanino. Bringing baseball to life on this edition of Sports Spectrum.

Warning Track

There was a time in baseball when the outfield walls had no padding. When they were made of wood, or stone, or brick (they still are at Chicago’s Wrigley Field). There was not a lot of intentional thought given to player safety in those days, but over the years, the game has changed. In a sense, it has become more…

Hope Springs Eternal Podcast

This week Major League Baseball clubs swing into action as a new season begins. The hope of a perfect season is tantalizing, but falls short in light of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Hear a special Easter edition of Sports Spectrum as the team interviews MLB professionals on the hope we have on the baseball diamond, and in the…

Touch ’Em All

The home run trot. There is something rather grand about it, in part because, on the face of it, the home run trot seems unnecessary. I have sometimes wondered why, after hitting a home run, the hitter can’t just walk back to the dugout and be congratulated by his teammates. But there is this huge symbolism attached to touching ’em…

A Good Start

As March Madness has wrapped up and men’s college basketball has concluded its long and fascinating season, today another long journey begins. In the early morning hours (6:10 am EDT), the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners begin the 2012 Major League Baseball season with an opening series in Japan. The rest of the teams don’t start their campaigns until…

Preparing for a New Season Podcast

It’s that time of the year again. In less than two weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to spring training for many big league clubs. On this edition of Sports Spectrum, we'll help you “Prepare for a New Season.” What are managers looking for during spring training? How do players get ready for a long Major League Season? And what we…

The Importance of Preparation

In a matter of days, baseball training camps will open in Florida and Arizona. Teams will play 30+ exhibition games to get ready for the long season ahead, but isn’t that overkill? These guys have been playing baseball their entire lives. How hard can it be for them to get ready for yet another year of the “same old, same…

Past Challenges and Future Opportunities Podcast

Close out 2011 with Sports Spectrum as we look at "Past Challenges and Future Opportunities." We’ve all faced challenges in the past year, but God could be preparing us for some great opportunities in 2012. Join us as we discuss the topic with Dallas Cowboys tight-ends coach, John Garrett; former Major League Baseball prospect, Jeff Terrell, and former English pro soccer stand-out, Gavin…

Developing Your Gifts

“You can’t teach tall,” is a common expression in sports, and it reminds us that there are some things that are given to athletes. No amount of coaching can make a man or woman tall, fast, or smart. What coaching can do, however, is to help players to develop the gifts they have been given, enabling them to play their…

Celebrating A Life Well Lived Podcast

On Sports Spectrum, we’ll head to the archives for stories of men and women who lived their lives to the fullest for Christ. We'll hear former North Carolina State women’s basketball coach, the late Kay Yow; former Detroit Tigers broadcaster, the late Ernie Harwell; and former Major League manager, the late Johnny Oates. We're “Celebrating A Life Well Lived” on this edition of…