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

Ryan Vogelsong – Isaiah 41:10, 13

Life is full of ups and down; highs and lows.  Just ask Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Vogelsong was drafted in the 5th round of the 1998 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants.  Two years later, he made his major league debut at only 22 years old.  His young career was off to a … Continue reading Ryan Vogelsong – Isaiah 41:10, 13

Chris Coghlan – Ephesians 2:8

Chris Coghlan’s life was an ugly mess. It hadn’t started that way.   Chris was born in 1985, in Rockville, Maryland, to loving parents Tim and Heather Coghlan.  His dad was a police officer.  His mother was a teacher.  They were both hard workers.  Chris had good relationship with his brother, Kevin, and his sisters Katie … Continue reading Chris Coghlan – Ephesians 2:8

Jeanmar Gomez – Joshua 1:9

Jeanmar Gomez was not supposed to be the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. It was supposed to be Ken Giles.  But in December of 2015, Giles was traded to the Houston Astros for a group of prosects which included Vince Velasquez, Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, and Harold Arauz.  After Giles was traded, the … Continue reading Jeanmar Gomez – Joshua 1:9

Collin McHugh – Jeremiah 29:12-15

Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Venezuela. 10 States.  2 Countries.  Packing and moving 19 different times. Collin McHugh’s situation wasn’t exactly what you would call stable. McHugh was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft.  With that, the whirlwind began.  He spent … Continue reading Collin McHugh – Jeremiah 29:12-15

Wade Gaynor – Genesis 1:26-27

Who on earth is Wade Gaynor? If you’re not a die-hard Detriot Tigers fan or haven’t been to many games involving Tiger’s minor league affiliates over the last several years; if you didn’t’ attend Western Kentucky University or you aren’t from Louisville, you probably have no idea.  Gaylor had a brief career in the minors … Continue reading Wade Gaynor – Genesis 1:26-27

Jason Motte – John 3:16

No one is perfect. On August 16, 2012, Jason Motte was far from it. Motte - currently a relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, was then serving as the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals were playing the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, and were leading 1-0 in the ninth.  Cardinals manager Mike Mattheny called … Continue reading Jason Motte – John 3:16