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RamonSantiago

RAMON SANTIAGO - Infield
Bats: S Throws: R Ht: 5' 11 Wt: 175
Born: August 31, 1979 in Las Matas de Farfan, DR
Family: wife, Andreina Caba son, Raymond
Major League Debut: May 17, 2002

My name is Ramon Santiago. I am from the Dominican Republic. As a child I spent most of my time doing two things. My parents made me stay in school and I was always playing baseball. I came from a religious family but I did not realize that I needed to personally allow Jesus Christ into my life. I played well enough in baseball that the Detroit Tigers drafted me at the age of 18 in 1998.

Under the teaching of the Baseball Chapel leader in Lakeland, Florida, I learned that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and that he alone could save me from Hell. In 1999, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior. I came to the United States to play baseball but also invited Jesus into my life.

Since that time, I have felt Jesus’ encouragement in my life during times of injury, illness, and struggles. I try to read the Bible everyday. I was baptized in 2008 to obey God’s Word and to let other people know that I love Jesus Christ. He is my savior and Lord.

A favorite verse of mine is Psalm 27:1. It says:


The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?



GarretAndersonTestimony

GARRET ANDERSON - Outfield

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6'3 Wt: 225

Born: June 30, 1972 in Los Angeles, CA

Family: wife, Teresa; children: Brianne, Bailey and Garret III

Major League Debut: July 27, 1994



The 2002 World Series was a tremendous experience for everyone involved. But as great as it was to be a fan, it's completely different to be on the team. It's one thing to know about the Angels and another thing to actually be a member of the Anaheim Angels team.

For many years, my life was like the difference between being a fan and actually being a part of the team. I grew up knowing about God but I really didn't know Him. Yes, I went to church, stayed out of trouble and tried to live a good life. But it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I recognized and understood that Jesus died for me because I am a sinner. It was then that I sur¬rendered my life to Him, trusting in what He did for me, not what I could do for myself to earn a place in heaven. The Bible states, "For by grace you have been saved by faith; and that not of your¬selves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Over the past few years I've grown to know Christ in a deeper way through reading His Word, the Bible. He has guided me through the challenges of being a husband, father and major league baseball player. He has enabled me to lean on Him and make wise decisions. I have experienced the awesome power of prayer and witnessed God's amazing love in so many ways. In the everyday pressures of life, I have learned that God's promis¬es are true. My favorite scripture verse is from Proverbs, "A gentle answer turns away wrath." (Proverbs 15:1).

I hope you experience the same peace that only comes from following Jesus.



CarlosBeltranTestimony

CARLOS BELTRAN - Outfield

Bats: S Throws: R Ht: 6' 1 Wt: 200


Born: April 24, 1977 in Manati, PR


Family: Wife, Jessica


Major League Debut: September 14, 1998


When I was in Kansas City everything was going well for me. My marriage was good and I was very successful in baseball but something was missing in my life. That something was Christ. Every human being is born with a little defect in his heart. That defect is a hole in the heart that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. One night at a Bible Study in a Kansas City hotel room after a home game, the hole in my heart was filled. Accepting Jesus Christ into my heart was the biggest decision that I ever made. I’d been feeling like I wanted to have a better life, and I found it in God. It’s not that everything is perfect now or that I don’t have struggles anymore. But it’s been easier going through it with Christ. God continues to change me everyday. Little by little He is taking away the things that He doesn’t want me to do. What was important to me before is no longer important because I found a better life in God.


It is difficult to play in New York. Every time I take the field I think of my favorite verse-“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I tell Him, “I’m doing this in Your name.” I don’t worry about so many things, I play to please God and if I have a good game I give the glory to God. If I have a bad game I continue to give Him the honor and glory because He has control over everything.


That night in Kansas City I understood that we are all sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We can, however, be forgiven for our sins because of Jesus Christ’s payment for our sins on the cross. “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). When I die, I know that I’m going to heaven because I accepted Christ and He lives in me. I believe, because I’m saved, that I’m going to spend eternity with Him. God loves you too and He wants you to accept Jesus into your heart. Don’t be afraid simply trust Him.


LanceBerkman

LANCE BERKMAN - First Base

Bats: S Throws: L Ht: 6'1" Wt: 220


Born: February 10, 1976 in Waco, TX


Family: wife: Cara; children: Hannah, Carly, Katie Mae


Major League Debut: July 16, 1999


Playing in the major leagues is very challenging. There is a lot of pressure riding on every at-bat. In addition to your own desire to do well, there is the constant evaluation of the coaches, team and media. Those evaluations determine my value to the team and provide security to my career.

Living the Christian life is also challenging but for different reasons. The same desire to do well exists – to live a consistent life that honors and pleases the Lord. The big difference is that God isn’t evaluating my actions and basing His love on how well I "perform". His love for me is unconditional. Even when I mess up He doesn’t threaten to trade me off His team.

At a young age, I learned that we are all born with sin and that Jesus paid the price for our sins (Romans 3:23-24). It wasn’t enough to have knowledge, I had to do something with what I knew and make a personal decision to place my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 3:16).

The Apostle John wrote , "to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God" (John 1:12). Since I received Jesus as my Savior I know I am a child of God and will go to heaven and spend eternity with Him. I am able to live each day with peace in my heart, living a life that seeks to please God for His gift of eternal life – not because I’m trying to earn His approval, but because I love Him and desire to do His will.


GaryCarter


GARY CARTER - Catcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6' 2" Wt: 215


Born: April 8, 1954 in Culver City, CA


Major League Debut: September 17, 1974


Current Status: Retired (1974-1992)


The Baseball Hall of Fame is something every player dreams about, but being a member of God’s Hall of Fame is the greatest achievement of all. God offers each of us the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. When we accept God’s gift of salvation, our name is written in the Book of Life, guaranteeing us a place in heaven forever. I made that decision during spring training in 1973, asking Jesus to come into my heart as Lord and Savior. I first realized that when Jesus died on the cross, He died for me and paid for my sins. Accepting His payment on my behalf was all I needed to do since I couldn’t earn my way into heaven, no matter how good I tried to be.

You can become a member of God’s Hall of Fame too, by making the decision I made back then—placing your trust in Jesus as your Savior. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” (John 14:6)


JDDrew

J.D. DREW - Outfield

Bats: L Throws: R Ht: 6' 1" Wt: 195


Born: November 20, 1975 in


Major League Debut: September 8, 1998


Current Status: Active


I made my major league debut on September 8, 1998, and it was a great day, but it wasn't THE most important day of my life. That moment came six years earlier on August 2, 1992 when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.

I grew up in a Christian home, but was nearly 17 before I realized I had to make my own decision to place my trust in Christ. Salvation cannot be earned by doing good works or going to church, and can’t be automatically passed on from Christian parents. Salvation is a free gift from God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place (Ephesians 2:8-9). God demands payment for the sin we are all born with, but He also loves us enough to offer to pay the price for us. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

The offer is free, but it requires a response from each person. We need to recognize that Jesus Christ is God, that He paid the penalty for our sin and we can trust in nothing other His shed blood for our salvation. "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" (Romans 10:9-10).

Knowing Christ has given my life new meaning. As I walk with Him each day, reading the Bible and talking with Him in prayer, He gives me strength to deal with the ups and downs of life and gives me the peace of knowing I'll spend eternity with Him. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).


adameverett


ADAM EVERETT - Infield

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6' 0" Wt: 178


Born: February 5, 1977 in Austell, GA


Family: wife, Jennifer; daughters, Peyton & Paisley


Major League Debut: August 30, 2001


I grew up in a Christian home. My parents took us to church every Sunday and Wednesday night. As a result, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior at an early age. I knew that I had accepted Christ but, growing up, I didn’t follow Him like I should.

I went off to college at The University of South Carolina. When I set foot on campus for the first time, I had a huge empty feeling in my life. I began attending a Bible study for college athletes. As a result of hearing God’s Word, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. I felt a tremendous burden lift off my shoulders. Since then, I have found direction, purpose, and meaning for my life. Jeremiah 29:11-12 has become a reality in my life: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I love playing the game of baseball and can't say that it hasn't always been my first love. But I can honestly say that Jesus has changed my life and changed my perspective on life. The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful wife and kids and I owe everything to Him! There is something that is more important than sports and it is Jesus Christ.


JasonGrilli

JASON GRILLI - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: L Ht: 6' 5 Wt: 225


Born: November 11, 1976 in Royal Oak, Michigan


Family: wife, Danielle (married on February 17, 2001)


Major League Debut: May 11, 2000


Current Status: Colorado Rockies


Growing up, I knew about Jesus Christ in my head but my self-centered attitudes and beliefs kept me from accepting Him into my heart and life. Even when I began to experience success on the baseball field, my life was lonely and empty. I felt as though my priorities were more important that what the Lord's priority was for me.


I signed my first professional baseball contract in the winter of 1997. My first minor league stop was Honolulu, Hawaii. While Hawaii is paradise for many, it wasn’t for me. Being that far away from home for the first time, my loneliness and emptiness intensified. The beauty of God’s creation in Hawaii began to be a daily reminder that there was something and someone bigger than me that was missing in my life. During a Bible study in the stands at the University of Hawaii, I realized what was missing in my life. I opened up my heart and received Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I’ve never looked back since.


As a Christian, now my life has meaning and purpose. I wake up every day with the confidence and faith that I have a solid ground to walk on. Jesus Christ is my backbone, not my crutch. During my career, I have faced two major arm surgeries and a lot of physical therapy. By God's grace, I have made it back to the major leagues and pitched in a World Series. Whether I am experiencing trials or triumphs, I am no longer alone as I go through life with Jesus Christ.


“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7



WillieHorton

WILLIE HORTON - Outfield

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 5' 11" Wt: 225


Born: October 18, 1942 in Arno, Viginia


Major League Debut: September 10, 1963


Current Status: Retired (1963-77)


Much of my life has been spent striving to be the best baseball player I could be. I wanted to be like the Negro League heroes my Dad highly respected. At 20 years of age, I made my major league debut. While I enjoyed success on the baseball field, I found myself straying from the religious upbringing my parents sought to give me.


In 2003, at the age of 60, a nephew of mine was battling cancer. I tried to talk with him about how he was feeling, and he told me not to worry about him. “You should be worrying about your own soul,” he said. His words hit me like a fastball to the ribs. I was stunned to receive a call a couple days later informing me that he had died of a heart attack. The day after attending his funeral, I received the news that another nephew had been tragically killed. At the church for his funeral, God’s message of love overwhelmed me. I knew it was time and I received Jesus Christ as my Savior.


Happiness and joy surround my life these days. Along with working for the Detroit Tigers, I have the privilege of confessing the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. I find my daily strength in God’s Word. I have found a peace in my life. I’m closer to my team, my family and my God. My life seems complete.


“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” Matthew 16:26



ToddJones

TODD JONES - Pitcher

Bats: L Throws: R Ht: 6'3 Wt: 230


Born: April 24, 1960 in Marietta, GA


Family: wife, Michelle; children: Alexander, 10/7/94


Major League Debut: July 7, 1993 (now retired)


My story is like no one else. In 1987, I was in college and living as wild as ever. I met this girl and she would invite me to her home on the weekends. She would help me out by washing clothes and giving me a good home cooked meal.

She would always ask me to go to church with her and her family. Reluctantly, I would go. I began to see a joy in this family that I had never experienced in my life. Their joy was seen in their contentment, calmness, and peace. I wanted what they had!


On October 6, 1991 while playing in the minor leagues, I invited Jesus Christ into my life and since that moment my life has been different. I am constantly reminded how much more my life can change to be more like Jesus. As I have grown in my walk with Christ, I have learned that this relationship is more than just being saved. My relationship with God is a friendship, companionship, responsibility, and honor to live out a day at a time. I don't want to hurt God by the stupid things I say or do. From time to time I will still fail but my desire is to live for God.


Oh, by the way, the name of that girl I was dating back in college is Michelle - Michelle Jones. That's right she became my wife. She also gave me the light to find the greatest gift in life - a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It's never too late for you. No matter what you have done, it's never too late!


Linebrink

SCOTT LINEBRINK - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6'2 Wt: 200


Born: August 4, 1976 in Austin, Texas


Family: wife, Kelly


Major League Debut: April 14, 2000


Current Status: Chicago White Sox



My path to the big leagues took many unexpected turns teaching me many lessons along the way. I would describe myself as an "underdog" from early on, which taught me the value of discipline and hard work. During my freshman year in high school, I was cut from the JV baseball team, casting doubt on my future in the sport. At that point I never would have believed that my skills were good enough to play the game for a living. But God used a series of events over the next few years to bring me to places I never thought possible.


This amazing journey has shown me how God will use the most unlikely person who gives control of his life to God. The Bible gives examples of this truth in I Samuel 17 when it speaks of how a young boy named David defeated Goliath. In Daniel 6 we learn how Daniel's faith allowed him to survive certain death in the lion's den. God saved these men from death just like He saves each of us from our sins ending the separation from His love. "God destroyed sin's control over us by giving us His Son as a sacrifice for our sins" (Romans 8:3)


My faith in Jesus Christ has caused a transformation and my "old life is gone and a new life has begun" (2 Corinthians 5:17). My job on the mound becomes much easier when I think of myself as someone God uses to draw others to Him. God is constantly seeking faithful "underdogs" to accomplish the impossible for His Kingdom. "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible". (Matthew 19:26)


I encourage you to consider how much God loves you and to receive the free gift of abundant and eternal life that He offers. To find out how click below!

BrandonLooper

BRANDON LOOPER - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6'5 Wt: 225


Born: October 28, 1974 in Weatherford, OK


Family: wife: Shannon, children: Toryn, Braden


Major League Debut: March 31, 1998


Current Status: Milwaukee Brewers


"Then he said, ‘Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom' Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:42-43).

While I was never a criminal in the eyes of the law of man like the thief on the cross, I did violate the law of God. We are all born with sin and I, like most people, ignored the fact that my sin kept me from a right relationship with God. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Although I never went to church on a regular basis growing up, it wasn't until spring training in 1998, my second full year in pro baseball, that I came to understand that because of sin I needed a savior and couldn't count on being a good person to save myself. I needed to understand and accept that Jesus died on the cross for me. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Making that decision lifted a weight from me that I carried the first 22 years of my life. I now have peace, knowing that I belong to God and will spend eternity with Him because of what Jesus did on the cross. Since that day in spring training I have met many people who share the joy that only Christ can bring to your heart. These friendships are valuable because of the common bond we have in Christ. No matter what you think about your past or the things you've done, God forgives everything you have ever done and will ever do. Jesus paid for it all on the cross. He forgave the thief Luke wrote about nearly 2,000 years ago. He forgave me. And He has forgiven you and is waiting for you to recognize Him as your Savior too.


Maroth

MIKE MAROTH - Pitcher

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6'0 Wt: 190


Born: August 17, 1977 in Orlando, Florida


Family: Wife, Brooke; Children, Nolan and Nate


Major League Debut: June 8, 2002



Favorite Bible Verse: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2


Growing up, Sunday mornings were spent sleeping in or watching television. I did not know Jesus or that a personal relationship with Him was available to me. As a teenager, I stayed busy with cars, surfing, fishing, and playing baseball. When I entered college, life became more complicated. I began searching for purpose and meaning in my life. Even though I was successful in sports and school, there was a constant feeling that I was missing something.


During my junior year at the University of Central Florida, I met a beautiful girl who introduced me to the most important person I would ever know, Jesus. From the moment we met, I was drawn to the characteristics in Brooke that set her apart from other people I knew. I soon learned that it was not only Brooke I was drawn to, but also Jesus in Brooke.


I began to learn about Jesus and his life through reading the Bible and going to church. Soon after, I realized what I had been missing. In August 1998, I was in the locker room with a Christian teammate who had been a great encouragement to me through the testimony of his faith. It was there that I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. My life changed in a new direction and I have a come to realize that it is more important to please God than people. I know my worth is found in Jesus because of the love and mercy he showed me on the cross.


In January 2001, I married Brooke. In June 2002, I became a pitcher in the Major Leagues. In October 2003, I became a father. Each of these is an extraordinary gift and blessing from the lord, but none compares to the gift I received in that locker room in August 1998... salvation through Christ Jesus. Only through knowing Him did I receive purpose and meaning for life and eternity. You can receive this same gilt through knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior.


ToddMartin

TODD MARTIN - Infield

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6' 3 Wt: 225


Born: June 25, 1983 in Cookeville, TN


Major League Debut: April 1, 2008


Current Status: Rockford Riverhawks


I was fortunate enough to be brought up in a Christian home with a very loving and devoted family. Although I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at a young age, I didn't really realize my need for a deep relationship with Him until high school and on into college. To this point in life I had never experienced any hardships.

Well, that would all change in college. Between not playing much my freshman and sophomore years, to having to transfer, and then having two major surgeries after my junior season that prevented me from being drafted, I was not the happiest Christian you've ever seen. I could not help but play the "what if" game with myself everyday. What if this injury didn't happen, or that one? I wondered how much better and different my baseball career would be without them. And I often questioned God about His plan for my life, and I angrily shared with Him my displeasure.

It wasn't until after class one day I was driving alone in my car listening to a daily devotional CD about adversity, that I realized it wasn't about me, and it never was. God allowed me to go through my adversities those years to help shape me into the man He wanted me to be.

During this time, I remembered a verse that my dad had told me over and over, John 16:33. Jesus says "In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." Jesus not only wanted me to remember that verse, but believe it wholeheartedly and live it in a way that others could see. Now, I still have my ups and downs in life, but I am confident that Jesus has a great plan in store for me.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:17).

Nixon

TROT NIXON - Outfield

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6'2 Wt: 211


Born: April 11, 1974 in Durham, North Carolina


Family: wife, Kathryn; 2 sons, Chase and Luke


Major League Debut: September 21, 1996


Current Status: Arizona Diamondbacks



Life sure is challenging at times. We often think we have all the answers but many times we are only fooling ourselves. I grew up going to church and had a great Christian influence in my home. It wasn't until 1993, just prior to starting my professional baseball career that I understood being a Christian was more than going to church and coming from a Christian family. Being a Christian meant that I understood there was nothing I could do to earn God's favor and a place in heaven. It meant I needed to trust in what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. Jesus died for my sins and rose again so that I could have eternal life.


That decision of putting my faith in Christ has given me the assurance of spending eternity in heaven with Jesus. It has also given me confidence in knowing that God provides me with guidance in every circumstance if I will call on Him in prayer, just talking with Him like you talk with a friend. Over the past few years, I've also been able to grow by reading God's Word, the Bible. Life isn't perfect. I don't always drive in the winning run, but I have a greater purpose in life to bring glory to God, and live with the assurance that I will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven.


My favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."



ROrtiz

RUSS ORTIZ - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6'1 Wt: 208


Born: June 6, 1974 in Encino, CA


Family: wife, Stacy; children: Grace and Lilian


Major League Debut: April 2, 1998


Current Status: Houston Astros



My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I have the confidence that only God gives to handle the ups and downs of life and baseball. I used to live in my own strength, not God's, but all of that changed in 1993 when I was a freshman in college. It was then that I realized that no matter how good I tried to be or how hard my attempts to live life on my own terms, God had a better way.


God desires to have a relationship with those He created, but sin broke our fellowship with Him. We could never be good enough to deserve a place in heaven, but we don't have to be because Jesus paid our penalty when He went to the cross. Salvation is a free gift from God, "for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).


My confidence is now in Christ and I have placed my trust in Him and Him alone for my salvation. He gave His life for me and now I'm motivated to please Him in all do. The Bible says "whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:23). I not only want to glorify Him in all I do but my desire is to see others know God's goodness and experience His forgiveness.


Peavy

JAKE PEAVY - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6'0 Wt: 180


Born: May 31, 1981 in Mobile, AL


Family: wife, Katie; children: Jacob Edward II and Wyatt


Major League Debut: June 22, 2002



On June 22, 2002 I experienced something that I had dreamed about ever since I was young. That day I made my major league pitching debut for the San Diego Padres against the New York Yankees. For a 21 year old kid from Semmes, Alabama, the roar of 60,000 fans had me nervous and wondering if I was really even supposed to be there. After seven innings and three Yankee hits, I felt calmness settle over me and I realized this was exactly where God wanted me to be.


I will always remember that day not just because of what took place during the game but for the greater privilege of sharing my personal faith story with the thousands who stayed after the game for the Padres "Day of Fellowship". You see, when I was seven years old, I decided to give control of my life from that point on to Jesus Christ. As a Christian, I'm certainly not perfect. I still make mistakes but I know that God's love for me will not change depending on how "good" I am. My motivation now is not based on what other people think, but on what God wants. My greatest desire is to honor God in everything I do… as a father and husband and as a baseball player.


The Bible says that God has a will and a plan for everyone's life (Jeremiah 29:11) and if we submit our lives to Him, He will use us in ways we can't even imagine. I challenge you to find the "peace that passes all understanding" that I have, knowing that Christ is in control of my life. God promises to always be with us and to never leave us. I know on June 22, 2002 He was there to encourage me and I know He always will be.

MikePelfreyTestimony

MIKE PELPHREY - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6' 7" Wt: 230


Born: January 14, 1984 in Wright Patterson AFB, OH


Major League Debut: July 8, 2006



Growing up, I knew about God and even believed He was real. Like a lot of people, though, I did not truly know what it meant to have a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.


During the 2006 season with the Binghamton Mets, I began to search for God and the meaning to life. Through our Baseball Chapel leader, I came to understand what the Bible teaches. I learned that my sins separated me from God. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). But the Good News is that Jesus died in my place to pay for my sins, and by placing my faith in Him alone I would be forgiven and have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Now I have a personal relationship with God and know that someday, I’ll be in heaven.

Being able to play baseball has been great! It was what I had dedicated my entire life to; now, however, living for and serving Christ is the most important thing to me, and this has given real purpose to my baseball career and everything else I do. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17). Yes, I still love playing baseball, but now I seek to play - and live - so that I honor the LORD Jesus in all I do.


AndyPettitte

ANDY PETTITTE - Pitcher

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6'5'' Wt: 225


Born: June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, LA


Family: wife, Laura; son, Josh


Major League Debut: April 29, 1995


Pitching in the World Series was a thrilling experience, but the most exciting event in my life was when I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. That happened in 1983 when I was 11 years old. Each of us make many decisions every day, but there is no decision more important than where we are going to spend eternity. God provided a way for us to live forever with Him in heaven when He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross. Since none of us is perfect, we all sin and fall short of perfection in God's sight, we need a Savior.

Accepting Christ's payment and trusting only in His death as the means to bridge the gap between you and God is the most important thing you'll ever do. It's an awesome thing to recognize that God loves you and paid the price for your sins. But you can't just accept His free gift of salvation. The peace and fulfillment He gives is greater than anything in life. Greater than any ball game, even the World Series. Trust Christ today for your salvation, it's the only way to heaven.


Favorite Bible verse: 1 Peter 4:11 "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ."


NateRobertson

NATE ROBERTSON - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: L Ht: 6'2 Wt: 220


Born: September 3, 1977 in Wichita, KS


Family: wife, Kristin (married January 10, 2003)


Major League Debut: September 7, 2002



As a child, I rarely experienced hardships. I had a loving family who supported me in all I did. I knew my parents were doing the best they could with what they had. We worked hard for everything we had and lived a simple life. The one major problem I endured in my youth was acceptance amongst my peers. I felt that I didn't belong with those around me. Meaningful relationships were hard to come by. Outward appearance became a huge issue but I just didn't fit in.


Through reading the Bible and attending church, I began to realize that God wasn't concerned about image but the condition of my heart. Jesus spoke in Matthew 6, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." I turned my life over to Jesus Christ on January 20, 1991. I now know that He fully accepts and loves me. I have identity and purpose in my life through Jesus Christ.


Today, I look back at my life and how I made it here. As I have grown in my relationship with Jesus, significant changes have taken place in my life. Even at times when I struggled, God has remained faithful to me.


He promised He would never leave me, nor forsake me, and I owe Him my life for that. God loved me even when I was a sinner, and He gave His Son for me. I have now experienced what is written in 1 John 5:11- 12, "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life."


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JIMMY ROLLINS - Shortstop

Bats: S Throws: R Ht: 5' 8" Wt: 165


Born: November 27, 1978 in Oakland, CA


Major League Debut: September 17, 2000


Being a major league baseball player has always been one of my dreams since I was a child. I always looked up to professional athletes, and now that I am a professional baseball player I am very conscious of the impact I can have on young people.

There are times I get frustrated and angry like everyone else and sometimes feel like cursing or arguing about a call that I don't like. When that happens, though, I remember that there are a lot of kids watching me and because I want to be a good example, I control myself and don’t say anything. Jesus commanded us to "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Baseball is important to me, but my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life because it's eternal. If you want to know God personally the way I do, follow these ABC's: Admit you're a sinner (Romans 3:23) Believe that Jesus is God's Son and that He died to pay for your sins. (Romans 5:8; 10:9-10) Call on the Lord and ask Him to save you. (Romans 10:13)


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J.C. ROMERO - Pitcher

Bats: S Throws: L Ht: 5' 11" Wt: 205


Born: June 4, 1976 in Rio Pedras, PR


Family: wife, Erin


Major League Debut: September 15, 1999


I was 14 years old when I came to Christ. Even though I was a Christian, I still had a lot of ups and downs through high school and college. I made a lot of bad choices, but God in His mercy was always there to pick me up.

My life was a spiritual rollercoaster until I finally got tired of being mediocre and really wanted God to have total control of every part of my life. That was when I decided to stop living in darkness and I made a commitment to the Lord to live in His light. Matthew 5:16 says, "Let your light shine before men so they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

A verse that has been helpful to me is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things with Christ who gives me strength." That is why I am always content no matter what is going on around me, good or bad; I know that Christ is always there for me.


ScottSanderson

SCOTT SANDERSON - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6'5'' Wt: 200


Born: July 22, 1956 in Dearborn, MI


Family: wife: Cathleen children: Patrick, Erica


Major League Debut: August 6, 1978


Current Status: Retired


Life is full of questions and the most important questions for each of us are life-changing. What is truth? Which direction do I go? Where do I turn for answers? These critical questions require decisions. I remember being in college and having, for the first time, to make every decision on my own--when to get up, whether to go to class, what to do, where to go, and many others.

The most important questions I was ever asked were, "What are you going to do about this man called Jesus?" and, "Where do you choose to spend eternity?" God sent His only son, Jesus, to die on the cross and pay the price for our sins so we could spend forever with Him in heaven. The promises of the Bible are true. If you accept Christ's payment for your sins and trust in His Word (the Bible) your most important questions will be answered. Where do you choose to spend eternity?

Favorite Bible verse: Joshua 24:15 (NIV) "...choose for yourselves today whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."





LukeScott

LUKE SCOTT - Designated Hitter

Bats: L Throws: R Ht: 6' 0 Wt: 210


Born: June 25, 1978 in DeLand, FL


Major League Debut: April 5, 2005


Current Status: Baltimore Orioles


Like many people, I believed in God and His Son Jesus Christ, but “even the demons believe that – and shudder” (James 2:19).

In college, I was like most young men, doing what pleased me and looking out mainly for my own interest. I had success in baseball and was very popular in school but all these things, which the world chases after, left me empty and unfulfilled. Through a series of trials and difficult times, the Lord opened my eyes to my sin and what would truly fulfill me. June 9, 2001, I received forgiveness and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Recognizing His Lordship over my life has turned out to be the most important decision I will ever have made in my life. Since then, God has been working miracles in my life and made me the person I am today.

Serving God is far from boring, as I once believed. The truth is that it’s an adventure. The God who created each of us is an awesome God and loving Father who has a unique and great plan for everyone! The good thing is that He is always waiting with open arms. He doesn’t require perfection, just a willing heart that is ready to serve Him. Read His Word, pray and spend time with Him and He will work a miracle in your life too!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).


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BRIAN SHOUSE - Pitcher

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 5'11 Wt: 190


Born: September 26, 1968 in Effingham, IL


Family: wife, Trish; Haleigh and Emmy


Major League Debut: July 31, 1993


Current Status: Tampa Bay Rays



Growing up in a Christian home I always knew right from wrong, but my faith was not my own until I turned 12. I asked my Mom, Dad, and pastor about death and eternal life. They told me that I had to have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ to inherit this gift.


College was the first time I was away from family, friends, and church, I started to question my beliefs. My belief in God was being tested. When I met my wife, Trish, she helped me remember the essentials of being involved in church, surrounding yourself with the right people, and living out what you believe. Still, I wasn't growing in my own relationship with God and I didn't understand the importance of knowing God's Word.


After the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted me, I expected everything to happen quickly, but even though my plan was focused on the present, God's was long-term. It took 12 years for me to get to the Big Leagues to stay. I have learned an important lesson through this in my professional career and in my faith: the value of patience. I always wanted immediate results, but I learned through patience and perseverance to put my priorities in order: God, family, others, then baseball. When I did my baseball career blossomed. I did my job and let God take care of the results.


I would encourage you to surround yourself with growing Christians. You can discover all God has for you by reading His Word. I can't promise you'll make it to the Big Leagues, but I can promise you eternal life. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. (John 3:36) You can learn how to begin your own adventure with Him by clicking the link below.


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CHRIS SINGLETON - Center Fielder

Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6'2" Wt: 210


Born: August 15, 1972 in Martinez, CA


Major League Debut: August 10, 1999


Current Status: Retired


Ever since the first time I saw a major league baseball game I dreamed of one day being out there on that field playing the game I loved in front of thousands of people. After being drafted out of college by the San Francisco Giants and spending five seasons in the minor leagues, the dream finally became reality. On April 3, 1999 I made my major league debut with the Chicago White Sox. It was an incredible feeling as I walked to home plate for my first at bat. That was a very special day in my life but really doesn’t compare with what happened to me on January 16, 1991.

That was the day I came to understand that God loved me and had a plan for my life. He wanted to forgive me and cleanse me from a life of sin and make me into the man He created me to be. Since that day, I have been enjoying an intimate relationship with the One who hung the moon and the stars. With Christ my life is complete.



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JOHN SMOLTZ - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6' 3" Wt: 220


Born: May 15, 1967 in Warren, Michigan


Major League Debut: July 23, 1988


Current Status: Active (Red Sox)


Pitching in the World Series and winning the Cy Young Award were both thrilling experiences, but the most exciting thing in my life is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Recognizing that He loves me and paid the price for my sins by dying on the cross is an awesome thing. The peace and fulfillment He gives is greater than any ball game, award or honor.

Accepting Jesus' payment for your sins is the only way to heaven. You can't earn your way by good works or by being a good person or get there any other way than by trusting in Christ. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – and not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Since I have made that decision and by faith accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, following Him has given my life meaning, purpose and direction. He wants to do the same for you.

Favorite Bible verse: John 15:5 "I am the vine and you are the branches, those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing."


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DAVID WEATHERS - Pitcher

Bats: R Throws: R Ht: 6' 3" Wt: 240


Born: September 25, 1969 in Lawrenceburg, TN


Major League Debut: August 2, 1991


Childhood memories fill my heart with both smiles and tears. I know now that both are part of God's plan for my life. At age 13 I knew I needed a Savior, yet I did not know the One who saves.

A lady from our community took me to church where a Pastor introduced me to a man known as Jesus Christ. Through the Bible he showed me how He was crucified on a cross because He loves me. He explained that His sacrifice provided forgiveness for my sins. I knew if He loved me enough to give His life, the very least I could do was give mine back to Him. In July of 1983, I asked Jesus Christ to be my personal Lord and Savior.

Romans 8:28 says "all things work together for good to those who loved God, to those who are called according to His purpose." I am called to be a "fisher of men," and through His mercy, He provides the platform from which I do this— baseball. Sometimes it's tough, but no matter what curves I'm thrown, one day I will be safe at home with my Lord.

I pray that you know God's unconditional love. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." He went to the cross for you, and no matter what mistakes you've made, His blood can wash them clean. It's not easy to follow Him, but it's worth it. Choosing Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the greatest decision you will ever make.

I thank God for my wife Kelli and our son Ryan, but most of all I thank Him for my salvation.