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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

College football, MLB, and music misc.

First, an article about Georgia head football coach Mark Richt (a Christian) and how not calling the plays on offense has freed him up to do a lot of different things with the team as a whole:

Here's an article about Major League Baseball and the Magic Builders foundation renovating a Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco in conjuction with the All-Star Game. Former and current baseball players involved included former MLB player Matt Williams and his family, and minor leaguers Freddy Sandoval of the Angels organization, Collin Balester, of the Washington Nationals organization, and Chuck Lofgren, of the Cleveland Indians organization. Here's the article:

Next, an article about how many of the Phillies players and coaches, a couple of Rockies players, and the umpires pitched in to help the Rockies ground crew get the tarp on the field on Sunday. High winds came up and made getting the tarp on dangerous, but the Phillies pitched in to help without thinking about their own safety. Being a Braves fan, I want the Phillies to lose because they're right behind us, but they deserved to win that game, I have to admit. What they did was awesome. Here's the article, which includes a link to video of it too:

Here's an article about retired MLB catcher Mike Matheny, a Christian, visiting his former Giants and Cardinals teammates when the Giants were in St. Louis last weekend:

Also, an article about Brewers 1st baseman Prince Fielder chosing one of his former minor league hitting coaches, now minor league manager, Mike Guerrero, to pitch for him in the Home Run Derby. Here's a quote from Guerrero about it:

Guerrero told the Charleston Daily Mail that the honor was "a blessing from heaven."

Here's the article:

Here's an article about why Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols, a Christian, chose to be in the Home Run Derby: because his son A.J. wanted him to be! A.J. cheered on his dad during the Derby and Pujols was able to make it to the 2nd round, but he couldn't quite make it to the final round. Here's the article:

Next, an interesting new outreach starting up in connection with the Ohio State/Michigan football game from Sports Spectrum's Daily:

FOOTBALL: A LOOK AHEAD College football is still a couple of months away, but that isn’t stopping Shawn Lazarus and Joel Penton for getting ready for the season. If you are a close observer of Big Ten football, you will know that Lazarus and Penton fall on opposite sides of one of college football’s greatest rivalries: Ohio State vs. Michigan. But now that they are no longer playing the game (Lazarus last played in 2002; Penton in 2006), they are working on the same team: Team Jesus. They are working together to put together an outreach to take place around the OSU-Michigan game this November. They are currently in the planning stages for this event, and they need both prayer and support as they get the plan off the ground. It’s summer—the time football players go the extra mile to get ready for training camp and the season. And for now, that’s what Lazarus and Penton are doing as “Sports biggest rivals team up to defend you . . . against life’s greatest opponent.” Go to to find out more about what he is doing.

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Also, this week I listened to the CD from the new Christian group 33 Miles, and it was great. I really recommend it. Here are links to their websites: and

Lastly, MercyMe is having a post-game concert at Turner Field after the Braves/Rockies game on August 4th. Unfortunately, I won't be able to go since I live in Indiana, but I just thought that it was cool that they were having it. Here's the link to the webpage:

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