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  • World Series crew chief embraces mission field

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, October 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Major League Baseball
    BOSTON (BP)-- Ted Barrett had made a deal with God, or so he thought, when he was a young umpire in the minor leagues.

    He wondered for a while if God was calling him into ministry. He promised God that if baseball didn't work out, and that if he never got a job in the big leagues, then he'd pursue that calling.

    Barrett did more than just get a job in the big leagues. As the umpire crew chief for this year's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has reached the pinnacle of his profession. Read More

  • Dodger coach talks World Series, faith, steroid era

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    BOSTON (BP)-- Luis Ortiz stepped into the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston 25 years ago to make his Major League debut with the Red Sox.

    His career as a player, shortened by injuries and a playing field that wasn't always level, never blossomed. In an era when steroids abounded, Ortiz refused to take shortcuts to success.

    Tuesday night (Oct. 23), Ortiz stepped onto the field in Fenway Park once more, this time as the assistant hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers -- his childhood dream of making it to the World Series finally realized. The Dodgers lost 8-4 in the opening game of the series. They play again tonight. Read More

  • Dodgers' hitting coach Ward a spiritual mentor to players

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Turner Ward
    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Turner Ward was signing autographs in the players' parking lot after a game in Pittsburgh several years ago when a boy approached him with a stack of baseball cards. After signing some of the cards, Ward came across one he had never seen before with a picture of him and his son Tucker.

    "Hey, that's pretty neat," Ward said. "Would you mind if I kept this one?"

    The boy's mother was quick to accommodate the request. The boy, however, started crying. Ward began to drive off after the encounter but felt bad about keeping the card.

    He turned around, found the boy, pulled a brand new glove out of the trunk and gave it to him, along with an autograph and the Scripture verse that always accompanied his signature. Read More

  • World Series is latest challenge for pastor's kid

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Scott and Teresa McHugh
    ATLANTA (BP) -- There's no telling how many hours Scott McHugh and his wife Teresa have spent watching their son Collin play baseball over the years.

    From little leagues, to high school ball in the hot Georgia sun, to his college years at Berry College, to five seasons in the minor leagues, Collin toiled through wins, losses, triumphs and failures -- with his parents never far away.

    Now they're getting to see him on an even bigger stage, as Collin is a pitcher for the Houston Astros playing in his first World Series. With the series moving to Houston tied 1-1, Scott and Teresa will be there if and when Collin makes his World Series debut.

    "It is a joy and delight for us to see him on that stage, all because we've watched him over the years and the process that he has gone through," Scott McHugh said. "It is still surreal to us. It's hard to imagine that your son is playing in the World Series." Read More

  • WORLD SERIES: Astros wall ad spotlights Houston's First

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- At a critical moment in this year's Major League Baseball playoffs, pursuit of a Houston Astros home run ball at Minute Maid Park caused New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge to crash into a right field sign promoting Houston's First Baptist Church.

    Minutes later, the church tweeted to Judge, a candidate for both the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards, "Our church is more welcoming and forgiving than our sign." Read More

  • Cubs' curse notion rejected by Piniella, Coppenger

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- With the Chicago Cubs hoping to break the so-called "Curse of the Billy Goat" and win their first World Series since 1908, former Cubs manager Lou Piniella and longtime Cubs fan Mark Coppenger say their Christian worldviews lead them to reject baseball superstitions.

    "Really it's all bologna," Piniella, Cubs manager from 2006-10, said of the alleged curse. Yet there is "a lot of superstition" associated with the Cubs. "Over there in Chicago they haven't had success in so long that if you lose three or four games in a row," fans start to think, "Boy, the curse is on." Read More

  • World Series: Mets' Murphy seeks to honor Christ

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, October 30, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't your prototypical power hitter. The 14 homers he belted during the 2015 regular season were a career high.

    So Murphy's historic postseason power surge has been uncharacteristic. What has been more characteristic is how he has handled himself throughout the hoopla. Read More

  • World Series cities share need for church plants

    by Tobin Perry, posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy River's Edge Fellowship
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- At first glance the two cities appear as different as they could possibly be.

    New York City is the city that doesn't sleep, the financial center of the United States and one of the largest cities on the planet. The home of barbecue, jazz and Hallmark, Kansas City, Mo., is best known as the "Heart of America" and the "Paris of the Plains." Read More

  • Royals' Ben Zobrist: a 'missionary' to teammates

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Kansas City Royals photo.
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Ben Zobrist has proven his value on the baseball field to the Kansas City Royals. In Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Zobrist homered off Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey in the top of the first to give the Royals a quick 2-0 lead, sparking a four-run inning in a blowout 14-2 win.

    Two games later, Zobrist again went deep in the first inning to ... Read More

  • Comebacks: Kansas City Royals & a local church

    by Mark Clifton, posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (4 years ago)

    A pastor enjoys the parallels between the Kansas City Royals' near-extinction in recent years and the struggles of the church he has led there. Mark Clifton reflects on how the Royals are again relevant in baseball and how Wornall Road Baptist Church is "reaching our community once again."

    But the last time the Royals even made the playoffs was 1985, the year my son Trenton was born. This year, 29 years later with the Royals back in the fall classic, his son, my grandson, Jackson, was born. Read More