ESPN features pastor who loves umpires, hates baseball

Pastor Dean Esskew is provides a religious outlet for professional baseball umpires. https://t.co/oiO8b47dnO pic.twitter.com/uUEAZ2kadR — [ MLB News ] (@InsideBaseball_) June 21, 2014 In case you hadn’t figured it out — examples here, here and here — baseball ranks as a holy subject at GetReligion. Sadly, my beloved Texas Rangers are enduring a forgettable season, much [Read More...]

Tampa Bay tear jerker: A ‘former’ Baptist pastor?

The following is a picky little post about a story that kind of got under my skin today. It’s a human-interest story that, on one level, is about sports. But it’s not really a sports story. Please keep reading. No, it’s a tear-jerker piece from The Tampa Bay Times about a dying man who is [Read More...]

Nolan Ryan’s son and the F-word

In his 27-year major-league career, Nolan Ryan regularly fired 100-mph fastballs. He pitched seven no-hitters and struck out 5,714 batters — both records. Now the CEO of my beloved Texas Rangers, the 66-year-old “Ryan Express” is a baseball legend — a Hall of Fame right-hander who needs no introduction to fans. Nolan’s son Reid Ryan, [Read More...]

Crush Davis wrestles with anger issues, with God’s help

I realize that GetReligion readers have repeatedly demonstrated their lack of interest in the world of sports or, at the very least, media coverage of stories that mix faith and sports. I remain a pretty intense sports fan, based in Baltimore. So it’s rather remarkable that the newspaper that lands in my front yard not [Read More...]

USA Today: Jesus’ hometown was … Jerusalem

I make no secret of my allegiance to God, my family and the Texas Rangers. So yes, when Rangers superstar slugger Josh Hamilton was “called way out west over the winter by God and $125 million,” as Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Randy Galloway described it, I felt jilted. And yes, when Hamilton — now [Read More...]

Pod people: One more Easter home run

As most of you know, Sunday was an important religious holiday. In my “All hope is not lost” post, I already highlighted eight compelling enterprise stories that graced the nation’s Easter front pages. But I’m not talking about that religious holiday. I’m referring, of course, to Opening Night and the beginning of a new Major League [Read More...]


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