Latest Posted Articles

Thursday, November 29, 2007

MLB, NBA, and football

Hi. I'm behind on reading and posting articles again, sorry. So I'm going to try and get caught up some on posting articles tonight.

The first articles are a few quotes from some of the MLB Thanksgiving articles, which tell what the teams have done to help their communities during the last year. The first article is about the Padres, and here's a quote from their pitcher Jake Peavy, a Christian, about the importance of giving back:

"We're so blessed financially that I feel great to help out," Peavy said about his role in various charitable endeavors. "It's something I'm fortunate enough to do for my charity work in San Diego and Alabama. Anything I can do to help, I'm going to continue to do."

Here's the article:

Here's a quote about former MLB catcher Jim Sundberg, who was recently hired as the Rangers vice president of public relations, did to help the community while he was playing:

Jim Sundberg retired as a Major League player at the end of the 1989 season. At the time, he was actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Arlington Cares, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Arlington and the Bill Glass Prison Ministries.

Here's the article:

Next, an article about what the Rockies did in their community the past year, including helping out the family of Mike Coolbaugh, one of their minor league coaches who was killed when hit by a foul ball last summer. Here's a quote about what outfielder Matt Holliday, a Christian, did to help the Coolbaugh's:

Since that day, the Rockies have donated time and money to the family. Their efforts include the players voting to donate a playoff share to the family, Holliday donating his $7,500 from his Roberte Clemente Award nomination to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund and having Coolbaugh's two sons, Joseph and Jacob, throw out the first pitch of Game 3 of the NLCS.

Here's the article:

Here's an article about what the Royals did to help the community this season, including outfielder David DeJesus helping to serve a Thanksgiving dinner at a local Christian mission. The Royals also donated to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund because he was a former Royals minor leaguer. Here's the article:

Also, an article about what the Orioles did to help their community. Here's a quote from their pitcher Jamie Walker:

"I felt once I started making some money, you're supposed to tithe," he said of his religious beliefs. "But I don't really go to church because, with baseball, we play every Sunday. The way I can tithe is with some of my money and some of my time to good organizations like the Army Relief Fund and by buying tickets for underprivileged kids."

Here's the article:

The last one of the MLB articles is about what the Yankees did for their community. Here's a quote about what their closer Mariano Rivera, a Christian, has done personally:

Closer Mariano Rivera has also long been involved in charitable endeavors, both in the New York area and in his native Panama. The future Hall of Fame has helped open after-school programs in Panama City to give young people access to computers, and also helped to finance construction of a new elementary school and a new church building in Panama.

Here's the article:

Next, an article about Pistons forward Tayshaun Price buying a luxury box at the Palace of Auburn Hills for 16 different kids with cancer to come to each of the Pistons games this season:

Here's a great blog post about IU runningback Bryan Payton, a Christian, about the team's reaction to beating arch-rival Purdue on November 17th. The win more than likely secured a bowl bid for the team, which will fulfill their late coach Terry Hoeppner's goal to "Play 13" (12 regular-season games and a bowl game). Here's a quote about the lockerroom celebration, which included Hoeppner's widow Jane:

... The scene in the locker room was one of jubilation and immense happiness. We couldn't contain ourselves from dancing, singing, crying, hugging each other and praying. There were so many people in the locker room, everyone wanted to be a part of the celebration, and I don't blame them. It's been a long time coming.

Here's the post:

Also, the first of several articles that I will be posting in the next few days on Lions quarterback Jon Kitna, a Christian. The articles say some of the same things, but I think that they're all good. The first one is the importance of his faith both at home and with the team. Here's a couple of quotes, the first one from team president Matt Millen, and the second from linebacker Alex Lewis:

"He's not a prophetizer with his words," Lions president Matt Millen said Tuesday. "Jon offers his life as his testimony. I think he does that because he's been there. The reformed are usually the best examples because they understand." ...

Alex Lewis, who goes to Kitna's house weekly with his wife, understands why religion is a tricky topic in the workplace and society.

"It should make you feel uncomfortable," the linebacker said. "People like to be comfortable, and truly questioning yourself in terms of how you live your life and what you believe in is not easy.

"It's just too bad stuff like this doesn't get discussed more instead of what Michael Vick or Pacman Jones are doing with their lives."

Here's the article:;_ylt=Ak6K7DHjfOuKrPKKlwvPpcx.T4h4?slug=ap-lions-kitna&prov=ap&type=lgns.

Here's an article about Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger donating money to police departments to buy dogs for their K-9 units: (originally found at:

Lastly, an article about U. of Louisville head football coach Steve Kragthorpe, a Christian, and his commitment to remaining as the coach their, despite rumors that he was leaving to coach elsewhere. Here's a quote about him from Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich:

Reached by telephone in California, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said he was pleased to hear Kragthorpe voice his commitment to the job.

"He's the right guy for this place," Jurich said. "He's a perfect fit for us: great values, great work ethic, great morals. We've got a lot of work to do rebuilding the infrastructure of this place, and I wouldn't want anybody else to do it."

Here's the article:

Well, that's all for now. I hope to get caught up more on Saturday.

No comments: