Mound Visits, 4/24/19

I played baseball in an era before “walk-up music,” before talk of spin rate and exit velocity. When I played, pitchers wore jackets when they got on base and everyone wore black cleats (except the Oakland A’s). But many times, change is good. It’s especially good when change occurs in our hearts. “Therefore, if anyone […]

Mound Visits, 4/23/19

You’ve probably heard the expression, “if you’re not moving forward, you’re going backward.” This is especially true in our Spiritual growth. Peter instructed us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) How do we grow? It starts with a “quiet time” of prayer and studying […]

Mound Visits, 4/22/19

I hear coaches and athletes talk about their seasons as a “grind.” It can be, if you are struggling and you look at the entire season of competition and battles laying in front of you. In baseball, we teach our players to focus on one pitch at a time. That’s a great lesson for all […]

Mound Visits, 4/20/19

This weekend we are celebrating a reunion for the UK Baseball alumni. Teammates and coaches practice together, compete alongside each other even live together. There is so much joy when we get together and a little sadness when we part. Someone once said that every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint […]

Mound Visits, 4/19/19

I am humbled and thankful for the love of God when I read this quote by Lewis and this verse by Paul. Join me today in thanking Jesus for taking our sin, once and for all, on the cross with Him. “It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things; but […]

Mound Visits, 4/18/19

There have been times in my life that I’ve tried to control an uncontrollable situation. It was like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Frustration would finally give in to submission. And, to be honest, when I would finally let go, there would be a sense of peace…especially when I would […]

Mound Visits, 4/15/19

Long ago, during my years as a minor league baseball player, there were many hours spent on buses between Watertown, SD and Duluth, MN; between Tampa and Key West; between Three Rivers, Quebec and Reading, PA. This was before cell phones, iPads and laptops. I wasted a lot of time. I wish I had read […]

Mound Visits, 4/10/19

I had an assistant coach many years ago who spent most if his time with the players who were performing extremely well, but he had little time for the players who were struggling. They only felt accepted when their performance was stellar. Thankfully, God loves us even when we mess up! Rick Warren once said, […]

Mound Visits, 4/9/19

What did King David know about courage? When he was a very young man he went toe to toe against the baddest dude alive, Goliath. He was faced with many other giants in his life; political rivals, a son who betrayed him and enemies from within and outside his kingdom. There is no doubt that […]