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Thursday, June 7, 2007

lots of misc. articles

I had a lot of free time yesterday and was able to catch up a lot on reading articles, so there are several today. First of all, an article about the Braves reaction to the now infamous tirade of their Double-A Mississippi manager Phillip Wellman. Some of the current players in Atlanta had him as a manager or hitting coach. Here's what rightfielder Jeff Francoeur, a Christian, had to say about Wellman:

"The media loves to put negative stuff out there, but they forget the stories, for instance, of him sitting with me until 3:30 in the morning, in the cages in Mississippi one night after I'd cried to him a little bit, talking about how I was struggling so bad hitting," Francoeur said. "This was in May in 2005. ... Two months later I got called up to the big leagues. He's helped so many players get to the big leagues."

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Here's an article about Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, a Christian, and how well he is doing again this year:

Next, an article about Braves pitcher Buddy Carlyle, who won his first game in 8 years on Tuesday. Unfortunately, he was promptly sent back down to Triple-A after the game. Here's a quote from him about the many years between wins:

"This win means 10,000 times more to me than the one when I was 21," Carlyle said. "I worked really hard to get back here. Now I realize how blessed and privileged we are to play at this level."

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Here's an article about Cavaliers rookie Daniel Gibson, who helped them win the decisive game of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals. Here's a quote about him:

...The second-round pick who left Texas after two seasons and who prayed he'd get selected by the Cavaliers, has become LeBron James' co-star and sidekick.

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Also, an article about the different routes that several Brewers players took to get to pro baseball. Here's a quote about 2nd baseman Rickie Weeks and his plans for the future after baseball:

Weeks hopes to run his own gospel-themed radio station after he hangs up his cleats, and he intends to return to Southern [University] to complete his business management degree.

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Here's an interesting article written from the viewpoint of the Colts' Lombardi Trophy that they got for winning the Super Bowl this year:

Next, a couple of articles about a charity race held by NASCAR drivers on Wednesday night to raise money for NASCAR driver Kyle Petty's (a Christian) Victory Junction Gang Camp ( and

Here's some information about the Cubs Ryan Theriot helping out a family near his home in Louisiana:

Good cause: Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot is doing his part to help 2-year-old Sam Seidel of Baton Rouge, La., who was injured in a swimming pool accident on March 24. The boy has been hospitalized, and his parents, Dan and Kahne, hope to move him to Children's Hospital in New Orleans to begin his rehab. To help the family deal with the expenses involved, the Hardt of Champions Baseball Complex, which Theriot is connected to, is hosting a benefit "Grand Slam for Sam" night on June 16 from 3-7 p.m. ET. There will be a silent auction of autographed items, jambalaya, and activities for children.

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Also, another article about the fight between the Cubs Carlos Zambrano and Michael Barrett, both Christians. Here's what they had to say about it:

"I'm still friends with Michael Barrett," Zambrano said. "He calls me 'Brother,' I still call him 'Brother.' We forgave each other and we're back on track. He will catch for me the next time against the Houston Astros, Monday. I don't have a problem with that. I still love him.

"The next day [Saturday] I came to the ballpark, after I had punched one of my teammates, and it was a bad feeling," Zambrano said. "Believe me, it was a bad feeling.

"[On Saturday], he came to me and he apologized and I apologized and we both cried," Zambrano said. "Like he said, when you have a little brother, you fight with your little brother and the next day you get along with him. That's in the past and now we have to move on and we have a job to do."

Whether Barrett will be behind the plate Monday for Zambrano's next start is up to Piniella. Both players seemed relieved Wednesday.

"It was over the moment it happened for me," Barrett said of their scuffle. "When you play with a guy that long, it's easier to put it behind you."

Barrett and Zambrano go to chapel together. Their families are close. The two players have been through a lot.

"It's definitely been a week to remember for me," Barrett said.

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Here's an interesting article about some nuns in San Antonio who pray for the Spurs when they play:

Next, an article about the reaction Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton, a Christian, got during a Minor League rehab assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. They were on a road trip to Charlotte and Durham, North Carolina, which worked out great since Hamilton is from North Carolina. Here's the article:

Lastly, an article about Albert Pujols, a Christian, hosting some kids with Down syndrome before the Cardinals game on Wednesday. Pujols' daughter has Down syndrome and his foundation, the Pujols Family Foundation (, works to help those with it. Also meeting with the kids were the Cardinals So Taguchi and David Eckstein, both Christians, and the Reds Kyle Lohse and Juan Castro. Here's the article:

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