Baseball is my passion
.but its not my calling.
I grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and won the Ohio State Championship as a member of Hamilton High School baseball team in 1997. We not only won the Ohio championship, but received a lot of national recognition as well, being ranked #2 in the country by USA Today.
I was not drafted out of high school, so I attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating in four years as a Criminal Justice major while playing baseball. I was an All-American my senior year, and was drafted in the 25th round in 2001 by the Cincinatti Reds.
I played in the Rookie League in 2001, was married in the off-season to Amanda, and then in 2002 I played with Dayton in the Midwest League.
I look forward to continuing my journey through baseball, just as I look forward to continuing my spiritual jounrey.
My calling is to share the name of Jesus Christ everywhere I go. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of eight, and I havent been the same since. Even at that early age I understood how real the relationship with Jesus was, and that I would serve Him. I made a promise that if anything would come of my baseball career I would use that as a platform to acknowledge my relationship with Him.
So far I have. It hasnt always been easy, and I have had some discouagement along the way, but Ill take advantage of whatever opportunities I have to tell people about Jesus. I want the fans and my teammates to know where I stand in my faith.
I know that in some ways Im going against the grain of the world. Not everyone wants to hear about Jesus. But I made a promise to God, and His Spirit is helping me fulfill it. Its a burden, although its a light one to carry the cross and share my faith.
Some people wonder if theres a tension between competitiveness and love. Some people wonder how a Christian, who is filled with the love God has for all people, can also be aggressive. I dont see it as a problem. I try to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33), which means doing my best as a ballplayer and as a Christian.
Long after my baseball career is over, my calling will still be the same to share the name of Jesus.
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