Archive for the 'Major League Baseball' Category

Resolving Conflict

The images of the Bronx Zoo are still fresh in the minds of baseball fans who witnessed the constant brawling and bickering in the dugout of the New York Yankees in the 1980s. Billy Martin going at Reggie Jackson was the most visible conflict, but not the exclusive source of the friction that team knew…

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Finding Joy in Disappointment Podcast

How do you react in times of disappointment? What emotions do you feel? Chances are, joy is not at the top of your list. On Sports Spectrum we’ll discover what it means to find joy in disappointing circumstances as we visit with former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Mike Maroth, and NBA broadcaster, Mark Champion. You won’t want…

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Surprise, Surprise

As one of the last Major League Baseball teams to qualify for the postseason party, the St. Louis Cardinals did not find themselves sprinting into the playoffs; they were limping into them. They needed a collapse from the Atlanta Braves to secure a wild-card ticket to the dance. They then proceeded to eliminate the vaunted…

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Hard Losses

In any sport, losses are always frustrating. Though you can learn from losses or be challenged by losses, it is hard to imagine enjoying a loss—and the tougher the loss, the harder it is to get beyond it. This certainly applies to the St. Louis Cardinals after game two of the World Series. Having won…

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The Right Help

Back in July, as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approached, many teams were looking for the right help to strengthen their squads and take them deep into the postseason. Some looked for a big bat to add punch to their offense, while others looked for a strong starting pitcher to add depth to their…

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Titanic Battle

Last Friday night was one of those times that baseball fans dream of—two great teams (the Cardinals and the Phillies) meeting each other in the fifth game of the NLDS with a winner-take-all atmosphere. It is what the playoffs are all about. Add to this the spice of two Cy Young Award-winning pitchers, Roy Halladay…

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Needed: Contentment

This past baseball season was a struggle for Detroit Tigers’ third baseman Brandon Inge. After a lengthy bout with mononucleosis, Inge never really showed anything at the plate. His defense was solid and his arm was great, but he couldn’t hit. Finally, after weeks of struggle, Inge was given the choice to go down to…

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Five Tools of Effective Christianity: Humility Podcast

Jesus’ teaching on humility goes against the grain of the culture. On Sports Spectrum, hear from New York Mets coach, Mookie Wilson; NHL broadcaster, Chico Resch; and former Butler University center, Matt Howard, as they discuss how to stay humble on and off the field. Humility, it’s one of the “Five Tools of Effective Christianity.” You…

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Needed: True Humility

For sports fans, few things are more frustrating than when professional athletes overestimate their abilities—making financial demands that can negatively impact their team’s ability to improve by adding other needed pieces to their team’s makeup. This is not only true of older players whose best days are likely behind them. It is also true of…

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Leadership

Today marks the final day of the regular season for Major League Baseball, and some of baseball’s top teams (most notably the reigning World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants) will be heading home after today’s games are finished—missing the playoffs. The Arizona Diamondbacks will not be joining them, however, having won the National League…

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