Major League Baseball Stars Put Faith in the Spotlight

Some of the nation's top athletes from Major League Baseball (MLB) are sharing and revealing their faith in an upcoming film that premieres today in Phoenix.

All-stars such as catcher Mike Piazza, pitcher Tom Glavine, National League Championship MVP Jeff Suppan, Royals Captain Mike Sweeney, and many more will star in Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition, where each player will discuss how their relationship with Christ has shaped their careers within professional baseball.

According to a preview, "these superstars of America's favorite pastime speak frankly about family, faith, sacrifice, leadership, humility and the many virtues and spiritual lessons they have learned from the game."

Including within the movie will be high-definition game highlights alongside the players' testimonies, which will allow viewers to see the public and personal lives of the subjects and how God has affected those.

Contained in the video is inspirational, uplifting music from famed singer, Bob Dylan, who had a powerful conversion in his life late in his singing career. He is known as one of the greatest songwriters in history.

Combined with Dylan's melodies will be music from three time-Grammy winner, Third Day, one of the most prominent Christian rock and worship bands today.

Nearly 30 MLB stars and coaches have contributed to the film. Some of the most noteworthy figures include Mike Piazza, Sean Casey, David Eckstein, Jeff Suppan, Craig Biggio, Juan Pierre, Tom Glavine, Mike Sweeney, Jack McKeon, Ivan Rodriguez, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Sandy Alomar Sr., Rich Donnelly, and Darrell Miller, among others.

The world premiere will be held at the AMC Desert Ridge 18 in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Attending people will be the Bishop of Phoenix, Thomas J. Olmstead; Executive Producer Tom Allen; Writer/Narrator John Morales; and baseball stars Mike Piazza, Mike Sweeney, and Jeff Suppan.

Distributors are encouraging churches to purchase the film for "sneak peaks" which they can show to their congregations.

The official release date of the DVD will be at the start of the 2007 MLB season.

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