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Getting to know your players September 18, 2005

In Baseball Now, More Teams Pray Before They Play (Washington Post)

It is a tough mental balancing act that I do around religions, especially Christianity. I seriously want to respect everyone’s right to believe what they want. It is a key moral to me, trying to not comment on other people’s beliefs as long as they aren’t directly affecting my life or the lives of others who have little voice in the situation. However, Christianity in general just creeps me out.

I was raised in the church–the Church of God to be specific. My paternal grandmother was the clerk for her church for over 65 years. My father’s twin sisters married twin brothers who are both pastors in the Church of God. I sat in the pews and also got to peek behind the scenes. For the most part, all motives were pure but I saw a lot of shit. Backstabbing, gossipping to tear down fellow church members, stealing, etc….

I just plain got sick of all of it. After I left my father’s home to live with my mother, I never attended church again, outside funerals or weddings. I no longer believe in god.

Yet, I want others to go ahead and believe whatever they want even though my instinct is to think negatively about those who are quite vocal in their Christian belief.

After reading a Homestand profile on Nick Johnson where he made casual mention of his love of Christian music and God, I dropped my opinion of Nick a notch. That is me being stupid, but it is the way I feel.

In the Washington Post today, the above-linked article talks about the prayer groups held before games on Sundays. Including in the god bunch is Nick Johnson, Jamie Carroll and Ryan Church. All players I like. And yet, now I have a bitter taste in my mouth. Again, my problem, my stupidity.

Though, it would be better if the most I knew about players was what they do on the field and what they feel about baseball. Anything more and they run the chance of alienating someone out there in their fan base.

I was really feeling guilty reading the article and downgrading my opinions of these players solely upon their beliefs when this Ryan Church quote showed me that maybe it isn’t my problem with Christians that caused these negative thoughts. Instead, it might be my distaste for intolerance:

“I said, like, Jewish people, they don’t believe in Jesus. Does that mean they’re doomed? Jon nodded, like, that’s what it meant. My ex-girlfriend! I was like, man, if they only knew. Other religions don’t know any better. It’s up to us to spread the word.”

update: Ryan Church issued a written apology

“Those who know me on a personal level understand that I am not the type of person who would call into question the religious beliefs of others. I sincerely regret if the quote attributed to me in Sunday’s Washington Post article offended anyone.”

and the chapel leader has been suspended.


1. eric - September 21, 2005

“I sincerely regret if the quote attributed to me in Sunday’s Washington Post article offended anyone.”

wow, now there is a sincere apology. it’s as if the quote was from somebody else, but just attributed to him. boo.