But does he have one more trick left?
"Remember when I left the Dodgers?" Martinez said. "That's a good question to drop right now. They said I was too small, fragile. Now you're asking me if I can do it one more time.
"After 200-something wins, two strikeouts shy of 3,000 and 14 years, 15 years in the big leagues, I think that has been totally answered. I'm not afraid. I'm leaving it in God's hands and going for whatever is out there.
"I'm going to pitch. I'm going to give it a try. And if not, I'm just going to go home, spend the time I haven't spent with my family all these years."
Here's the article: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/ny-sppedro315314333jul31,0,2619224.story?coll=ny-mets-print (originally found at: http://mlb.mlb.com/pa/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070802&content_id=2125168&vkey=mlbpa_news&fext=.jsp).
Here's an article about the Indians taking some underprivileged kids shopping last week. The players involved were Paul Byrd (a Christian), Grady Sizemore, C.C. Sabathia, Jake Westbrook (a Christian), Jason Michaels, Jensen Lewis, Tom Mastny, Jason Stanford, and Mike Rouse. Here's the article: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070801&content_id=2122968&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb (originally found at: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/community/index.jsp).
Next, an article about Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, a Christian, being named the July National League Pitcher of the Month. Here's a quote from him that I already shared, but I thought that it was neat that it was included again in this article:
"Any time I can do something for myself -- pitching, running, fielding, kicking the ball, whatever -- it's good for me," He said. "I have to be able to use what God gave me and use the ability."
Here's the article: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070802&content_id=2125588&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc&partnered=rss_chc.
Also, an article about the Washington Bayhawks Christian Cook of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and how he's reaching out to kids in the Washington, D.C., community through lacrosse: http://www.majorleaguelacrosse.com/news/index.html?article_id=741 (originally found at: http://goodnewsinsports.blogspot.com/2007/08/making-difference-at-grass-roots-level.html).
Here's a couple of recent blog entries from Colts head coach Tony Dungy, a Christian. I strongly reccommend checking his blog frequently as his post are usually great (http://www.mycolts.net/tonydungy/blog/Dungy_Perspective). The first is about the bridge tragedy in Minneapolis. Dungy went to the U. of Minnesota, which is in Minneapolis. I thought that what he had to say about it was excellent:
It just made me realize even more that God is in control. Great things happen to us. Bad things happen. We can't always figure out why, and many times there is no explanation. But we just have to be thankful to God when He protects us from problems, and be faithful and trusting when He has us go through them. And we have to know that football, or whatever we do for a living, is not the most importatnt thing in the world. It seems that whenever I start to get that feeling, something like this happens to remind me that football is a very small part of the total picture God is painting.
Here's the blog post: http://www.mycolts.net/blogentry/380b262e-4d27-4200-af88-ba28a465d8fe.
Here's a couple of quotes from the other Dungy blog post:
Our players have come in good condition and God has blessed us with fairly good health. Our injuries are down significantly from last year at this time, even though we're working hard and hitting just as much. (Note: Unfortunately the very next day starting defensive linebacker Anthony McFarland went down with a serious knee injury) ...
We have our mock game on Saturday morning and then our players will have a day and a half off. It gives them a chance to rest and recover and also lets guys get home to see their families for an afternoon and go to church if they wish. ...
Here's the post: http://www.mycolts.net/blogentry/ce906e20-e3a3-4c26-821f-629c174da2ed.
Next, a good Christian article about Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran: http://www.bpsports.net/bpsports.asp?ID=5638.
Here's an article about how Wake Forest men's basketball director of basketball operations Mike Muse. He was the one that found head coach Skip Prosser in Prosser's office after he had died from a heart attack. Here's a couple of quotes from Muse about it, the first about why Muse took the job there, and the other about who will be the new head coach there:
"I just knew right away that my philosophy and his philosophy just meshed," Muse said Thursday night. "I wouldn't have done this for any other program. … It was a local-boy-does-good story. I was blessed to be here. The Good Lord put me here for a reason to be a part of Coach's life." ...
The [coaching] staff still doesn't know what will happen with their future, but Muse said they have faith in Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman.
"It's a tough decision and we're praying for him that he'll make the right decision for the university and the basketball program," Muse said. ...
Here's the article: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=2959892.
Also, a good article about Northwest Missouri State football player Abe Qaoud and his return to practicing after having severe burns and broken burns after escaping from a fire in his apartment last January. After leaving the hospital, the school's assistant athletic trainer Kelly Quinlin took him in to live with her family so that she could continue treatment of his burns. Here's the article: http://www.ncaasports.com/football/mens/story/10280242 (originally found at: http://goodnewsinsports.blogspot.com/2007/08/motivated-to-overcome-near-tragedy.html).
Here's a couple of notes from a Cubs article, the first about the players on the team encouraging each other, and the other is a funny note about the team's clubhouse attendant Jimmy Farrel retiring:
Buddies: Ryan Dempster is a key factor for the Cubs not only on the field but off.
Rocky Cherry was called on in the third inning to relieve Sean Marshall on Thursday, and struggled. Dempster sought the rookie out in the dugout.
"He was a little nervous," Cubs reliever Scott Eyre said of Cherry. "'Demp' went by and talked to him. He said, 'Relax, you've got nothing to lose. Go out there and pitch.' His next two innings were great.
"Sometimes, a coach or a manager will say something to you, but it's not the same when it comes from your peer," Eyre said. "When it comes from someone like him, it means more. Everybody looks to Demp for everything."
Cherry, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday to make room on the roster for Kerry Wood, was grateful for Dempster's support.
"I was a little nervous, and Dempster talked to me and said, 'Hey, man, it's a 0-0 ballgame, it's just like any other day and go out there and get after it,'" Cherry said. "It got me in the right frame of mind. After the game, I went up to Dempster and said, 'Thanks, man, for straightening me out.'"
Dempster isn't the only one.
"That's one of the good things about being with a veteran ballclub is that you're playing with guys with experience," Cherry said. "Even after the game, Scott talked to me for about an hour. It was stuff you want to hear, stuff you want to learn. I appreciate it."
Eyre would know. The lefty struggled the first half, and compiled a 6.60 ERA in 27 games. In six outings since the All-Star break, Eyre has given up two hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in six games.
"I had a tough first couple months," Eyre said. "It's not a hug or anything like that that [Dempster] does. It's a tough-love message. It means a lot. It means he cares and he really believes that for us to win, I need to be a part of this."
DeRosa and Floyd also have offered support for the younger players -- and Eyre as well. It's one of the reasons for the Cubs' success.
"It's your extended family," Eyre said. "There's a difference in having teammates and teammates. These are your friends. When you retire, and move somewhere where you don't have friends, these are the people you talk to. He's someone I'll stay in contact with for the rest of my life." ...
Umpire clubhouse attendant Jimmy Farrell is retiring after this season. Farrell has served at Wrigley Field for 26 years, and he turns 87 in January. "It's time," said Farrell, who wants to spend more time with his wife.
Here's the article: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070803&content_id=2127244&vkey=news_chc&fext=.jsp&c_id=chc&partnered=rss_chc.
Next, a note about Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols, a Christian, helping out a former teammate, Nationals 2nd baseman Ronnie Belliard with some bats: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070803&content_id=2127526&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl&partnered=rss_stl.
Here's an article about the Twins reaction to the Minneapolis bridge tragedy before their game last Friday and how the team was honoring the victims: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=txbridgecollapse&prov=st&type=lgns.
Also, a couple of articles about Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, a Christian, and his missing a few games to be at his seventeen-month-old son's surgery to correct some bone problems: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=2960724 and http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070803&content_id=2128104&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb.
Lastly, injury reports for a couple of Christian MLB players. Reds oufielder Josh Hamilton is starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville today: http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070806&content_id=2133647&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin and Cardinals pitcher Mike Maroth went on the disabled list yesterday: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070806&content_id=2133588&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb.