Former Major League Baseball All-Star, Darryl Strawberry, whose legendary play on the field was coupled with a well-chronicled battle with addiction and legal problems in his personal life, said he is no longer the man he was before and that his top priority is leading people to Jesus Christ. He is now an ordained minister leading a wide-ranging ministry, including Christian-based recovery programs.
"I'm over 'Strawberry,'" he told USA Today Sports in his first interview with the media since becoming a preacher and ministry leader three years ago. "I'm over Mets. I'm over Yankees. I don't want to exist as Darryl Strawberry, the baseball player.
"People don't understand that's no longer you. I'm not a baseball player, anymore. That person is dead." more >>
The grounds crew at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been ordered as of last week to stop etching Christian symbols onto the pitching mound after a fan complained that one symbol resembled an ichthus, an image of a fish known to be a biblical reference to Jesus.
Grounds crew officials said the fish was actually a "6," in honor and remembrance of former Cardinal Hall of Fame Outfielder, Stan Musial, who died in January, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. They also carved a cross on the mound in Musial's honor, who was known to be a devout Christian.
The fan, Michael Vines, who objected to the symbols, wrote a letter to a St. Louis-based newspaper, the Riverfront Times, arguing that it was wrong for the team to display "religious iconography on the infield at Busch Stadium, a place of hallowed ground not just for Christians, but for Cardinal fans of all religions, including none at all." more >>
Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets is rumored to be on the trading block as the team looks to sign free agent Center, Dwight Howard.
According to 630WPro Lin along with Omer Asik were reportedly being shopped around in an effort to clear more cap space, but Daryl Morey, general manager, has shot down those rumors.
"Both with Omer and Jeremy, we feel like they're good fits for Dwight," Morey told the Houston Chronicle. "Omer and Dwight would give us the best (centers) in the league in combination. Jeremy is an attacking guard, great in pick-and-roll, a great fit for Dwight. Dwight works great with shooting and attacking guards." more >>
Reports have surfaced that former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback and current New England Patriots draftee, Tim Tebow, tried to break up a bar fight with former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with murder last week.
On Tuesday, the Gainesville Sun released a Gainesville Police report of the bar fight in 2007. The report revealed that "Tebow, Hernandez and Shaun Young were at The Swamp restaurant and bar on April 28, 2007."
Hernandez, the report went on to say, refused to pay for drinks when presented with the bill. Tebow tried to calm him during the following dispute with manager Michael Taphorn, but the future tight end still boxed the manager in the ear outside the bar. more >>
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols took a timeout Tuesday afternoon from preparing for a significant moment in his illustrious career – facing his old teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals – to talk about what he considers his top priority.
"I feel the most important thing in my life is to share my testimony with everybody," Pujols, who won three most-valuable-player awards and two World Series titles with the Cardinals, told reporters attending a press conference at Angel Stadium about his "I Am Second" video.
"[The short film] is a great opportunity to now see what I do off the field and who I represent – and what is the most important thing in my life and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ," he explained. more >>
A public high school located outside of Detroit, Mich., has ended its 11-year tradition of holding a student-led team prayer after each football game following a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this year.
According to Dan Loria, head football coach at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, players from his team and the opposing team gathered in the middle of their school's field after every game for the past 11 years to give thanks to God for another game completed safely.
Media outlets covering the story nicknamed the postgame prayer as "Tebowing" after the NFL's New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow, as it represents his classic stance of taking one knee and bowing one's head in prayer. more >>