Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Batting Cage? Awesome!

Blessed JPII at Shea Stadium

For baseball fans, we’re still in the bleak of midwinter. But seeing this video is just what the doctor ordered to put a thaw on the freeze, and remind us that Spring Training is just around the corner (about one week after Lent begins).

While we wait, enjoy this footage of Blessed Pope John Paul II (is it really him? Dunno.) taking swings at an indoor batting cage during his 1987 visit to California.

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Not bad for a southpaw, eh? and no “whiffs.” If I ever make it out of Purgatory, I’ll give him some tips (like, “step into it”) too. Also, in the meantime, I can ask Blessed JPII to start construction on a Field of Dreams style baseball diamond for us (if it isn’t built already). Hopefully there is enough room beside the lake of  beer St. Bridgid reports of.

I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.

Speaking of fields, the Dodgers are using the time off to make improvements to Chavez Ravine. :) Blessed JPII said Mass there on September 17, 1987.

Papal Mass at Dodger Stadium

(H/T Southern Fried Catholicism).

  • James

    JPII had quite the baseball career: He started off as a Padre, then he became a Cardinal. Now he’s with the Angels.

  • Tom McDonald

    Not to be a spoilsport, but this video has been floating around for years, and is an old comedy bit. That is not the Pope.

    • Frank Weathers

      Noted. Mea culpa. Caveat emptor. Play Ball!

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Just to note: the aforementioned Tom McDonald is not I. It’s one of the many other Tom McDonalds. We are legion.

    • Thomas L. McDonald

      But not-me is correct. In the YouTube vernacular: “FAKE!”

      • Frank Weathers

        I dunno. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Dodger Stadium on September 16, 1987, though. Just sayin’.

    • Frank Weathers