Faith in the Game is a blog containing submissions by athletes of faith. Each of them was asked one question: Tell us a story about a time when your faith was most present in your life. Rather than tell us about their faith, we asked them to show us.
These stories are oftentimes uplifting, and at all times profound, raw, honest, introspective and heartfelt. These are not the sort of stories you hear in a press conference. Some of them take place on the field; others, off it. They are presented without agenda or judgment. On many levels, we think you'll find them fascinating, as they pull up the veil on a side of sports that is rarely revealed but very often present.
This blog is moderated by author and father Ben Petrick, a former Colorado Rockies catcher thought to be the only professional athlete to have his career shortened by Parkinson's Disease, along with writer and father Scott Brown. In addition to their professional and family lives, both men are also coaches of youth sports. A selection of the stories they've collected will soon appear in a book, and together they're also working on Ben's autobiography.
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Seth Smith, 28, is an outfielder for the Colorado Rockies. At the All-Star break, he is hitting .292 with eight home runs and 36 RBI.
I grew up in Mississippi, where being a Christian is what you do. I look back now on the time my faith was most present in my life, and I’m almost embarrassed that it relates to baseball. Then again, maybe it’s because of my faith — and the fact that I embraced it from an early age — that I’ve managed to steer clear of some adversity.
Athletically, things had pretty much been smooth sailing for me. I went to University of Mississippi, where I played quarterback (actually backed up Eli Manning) and baseball. I managed to make the U.S. National Team for the Pan-Am Games, and after getting drafted by the Rockies in the second round, managed to move up the minor-league chain quickly.