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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Miracle Leagues, MLB, and Colts

First, a great article about the Miracle League of Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. This is a baseball league for physically and mentally handicapped kids who can't play in other baseball leagues. There are other Miracle Leagues throughout the country. Each of the kids is assigned an "angel" who helps them to do what they aren't capable of doing. Every kid bats every inning, and although the score is kept, it always ends in a tie. Everyone involved, from the kids to the volunteers to the parents get a lot out of it. Here's the article: Here's the website for The Miracle League of Lehigh Valley: and The Miracle League:

Here's an article about Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols, a Christian, being a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best offensive player in each league. Here's a quote from him about his season this year:

"I'm just blessed," Pujols said. "I just give God all the credit. To stay healthy -- not healthy, but to battle through some injuries like I have battled the last seven years and accomplish what I have accomplished -- is unbelievable."

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Next, an article about Nationals manager Manny Acta visiting the site where their new stadium is being built for next season to thank the workers:

Here's an article about the Braves having the Air Force involved in the pre-game festivities last Tuesday to thank them and help them celebrate their 60th anniversary:

Also, a neat note about Braves pitcher John Smoltz, a Christian, recognizing the return of long-time Braves broadcaster Skip Caray back to the team after an illness:

One for Skip: After reaching first base with his fifth-inning single on Monday, John Smoltz pointed toward the press box in the direction of legendary broadcaster Skip Caray, who has been battling some health problems that caused him to be hospitalized earlier this month.

When Caray returned to work on Monday, Smoltz told his longtime friend that he'd dedicate a base hit to him.

"I said the remedy for him would be a base hit," a playful Smoltz said. "He thought it would help his metabolism if I got a base hit."

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Here's a quote from Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, a Christian, after he lost to the Reds and pitcher Aaron Harang for the fourth time this year last Tuesday and his inability to beat Harang:

"Sometime, I have to beat him," Zambrano said. "I know that I'm good enough to beat anybody in this league. God gave me good ability to pitch and go against anybody."

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Lastly, an article about the Colts working in the community on their off-day last Tuesday. Linebacker Gary Brackett, a Christian, helped lay sod at a refurbished middle school football field, defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Marlin Jackson assisted with unloading two trucks of donated children's books, defensive linemen Jeff Charleston and Keyunta Dawson visited a senior citizens center, and linebacker Tyjuan Hagler and defensive lineman Darrell Reid planned to to participate in an energy conservation fair. Here's a quote about giving back to the community from Brackett and the example set by their head coach Tony Dungy, also a Christian:

"Coach (Tony) Dungy is a great role model, telling us and showing us how to use our superstardom," he said. "Just being in the community, being accessible, it makes a huge difference."

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