Brad Larsen – A Story of Hope and Healing

What does one do when waiting in a long line to see an orthopedic specialist? For Columbus Blue Jackets assistant coach, Brad Larsen, the answer was this: begin a battle against cancer. In 2007, Larsen was waiting for an appointment with the orthopedic specialist for the Atlanta Thrashers.  While he was waiting, he saw a … Continue reading Brad Larsen – A Story of Hope and Healing

JJ Hoover – Matthew 20:27-28

Love what you do. Make a lot of money. Retire and enjoy it. That’s pretty much the American dream. At one point, that was Washington Nationals pitcher, JJ Hoover’s dream too. He wrote in an Article for the Increase entitled “In a New Light;” “While I was growing up, my intent was to play baseball, … Continue reading JJ Hoover – Matthew 20:27-28

Steve Cishek – 1 Corinthians 10:31

The New Year will soon be upon us.  We prepare to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018.  Many of us will use this as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to live better lives than we’ve been living.  My very first blog post here on A Lamp unto My Cleats was about relief pitcher … Continue reading Steve Cishek – 1 Corinthians 10:31

James McCann – Mark 10:27

    1-in-4. Jim and Carla McCann were a Christian couple living in Southern California.  About 5 years into their marriage, they were ready to start a family.  Carla became pregnant, and, for nearly 9 months, everything was perfect.  About 3 days before he was due to be born, the boy stopped kicking.  Carla went … Continue reading James McCann – Mark 10:27

Robinson Chirinos – Mark 9:23

Robinson Chirinos was always a long shot to make it to the major leagues.  In 2000, he was signed as an infielder by the Chicago Cubs out of Punto Fijo, in the oil producing region of Venezuela.  But, as his minor league career progressed, it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it as … Continue reading Robinson Chirinos – Mark 9:23

Peter Bourjos – Proverbs 3:5

  Before there was Mike Trout, there was Peter Bourjos.   Before Trout lit up centerfield at Angel Stadium with highlight plays, Bourjos was the exciting center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Going into the 2010 season, he was ranked by Baseball America as the #2 prospect in the Angels system.  He … Continue reading Peter Bourjos – Proverbs 3:5

Stephen Vogt – Colossians 3:23

No one ever seemed to notice Stephen Vogt. Vogt grew up in Visalia, southern California city just south of Fresno.  His father, Randy, was a coach for Fresno State.  Stephen attended Central Valley Christian, a relatively small private school.  Though he had a solid high school career - including stealing 58 bases, he received very … Continue reading Stephen Vogt – Colossians 3:23

Chris Heisey – Philippians 2:3-4

At the time of this post, the Washington Nationals are in the 2016 Divisional Playoffs, one win away from advancing to the National League Championship Series.  It's a glorious time to be a Washington National. But for National's outfielder Chris Heisey, life hasn't always been glorious.  He has a different word he uses to describe … Continue reading Chris Heisey – Philippians 2:3-4