Local

February 8, 2013

MLB players join Luke for prayer breakfast

Tags:
Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

FROM LEFT: Major league baseball players Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman; Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians third baseman; and Bob Howry, retired Chicago Cubs relief pitcher, talk about their careers and share stories of overcoming obstacles through their faith Jan. 31 at the National Prayer Breakfast at Club Five Six.

A special guest panel of three major league baseball players spoke to Thunderbolts Jan. 31 at the National Prayer Breakfast about their experiences of faith in Club Five Six.

The NPB was established in 1953 when President Dwight Eisenhower, along with senators, held the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast. Since that time, the purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast has remained the same — not to be a national religious meeting, but rather a time when communities could meet to support, pray and care for each other, their families and other leaders in our nation who carry great burdens.

The breakfasts all over the U.S. typically include a special guest speaker. Luke was privileged to hear from Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman; Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Indians third baseman; and Bob Howry, retired Chicago Cubs relief pitcher.

The players answered questions and helped those attending understand how their faith helped them along the way.

“Faith is the one solid thing you can count on when things are good or bad, especially bad,” Howry said. “It helps put everything into perspective.”

Goldschmidt, the youngest, and who’s been in the majors only a few years, took a while to find his faith, he said.

“Growing up my dad was Jewish and mom was Catholic,” he said. “So for a while I just didn’t care. I always knew in the back of my mind what I believed, but it wasn’t until I got into baseball that I started to act on my beliefs.”

For them, it wasn’t just faith but also finding good friends on the team to help keep them positive.

“You have to find the guys you like and have things in common with,” Reynolds said. “I find the guys who like golf and we always get along.”

Because the baseball season is demanding and they travel often, they said they could relate to Luke members and the difficulty of being away from home and family.

“It’s hard for people to understand how we live during the season,” Howry said. “Military members would understand that the best. We are away from our families for weeks at a time traveling to games, and it can be hard. You bond with the guys on the team. I couldn’t imagine how much harder it is for service members to leave their families for months and often go into harm’s way.”

They talked about themselves and their identities outside baseball.

“I play golf,” Reynolds said. “I only play baseball to support my golf habit. So when I’m on a team I tend to become friends and associate with the guys who also play golf. As baseball players, or military members as well, we need that connection, whether it’s playing video games after a game, finding time to play golf on a weekend or having a Bible study. We need those friends to keep us grounded.”

The players also talked about some of their favorite moments while playing baseball.

“I remember I was on the mound,” Howry said. “This guy from the other team steps out of his dugout and points behind me. I turned to look and here comes this guy who jumped out onto the field he’s coming right at me. Well, our bat boy, I can call him that even though he was at least 30 years old, comes running out and clotheslines the guy before he gets to the mound. That was my most memorable moment.”

They took questions from the audience and then stayed after the breakfast to sign autographs. Afterward the players received a base tour before departing Luke.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-Standalone---140411-F-HT977-026

Weather: Exercise component

First responders prepare to transport a simulated injured patient during an extreme weather exercise April 11 at Luke Air Force Base. The exercise was designed to train and evaluate Luke Airmen on readiness and preparation for ...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Plane crash, coma doesn’t deter pilot

Courtesy photo Retired Capt. David Berling, 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist, stands in front of his 1977 Cessna RG March 23, 2012, at the Glendale Airport. Berling lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash, the subject ...
 
 

Comprehensive support system helps unit resiliency

In today’s Air Force environment of force restructure, budgetary constraints, continued mission requirements and resiliency, establishing a comprehensive support system in a unit is absolutely essential for success. Each organizational tier, whether at the element, flight or squadron level, must be resilient and have support mechanisms in place to not only meet, but exceed daily...
 

 

Preparing for next rank makes successful Airmen

As Airmen we have many responsibilities and duties we must carry out in accordance with our jobs. According to AFI 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, our responsibilities are as follows: junior enlisted Airmen initially focus on adapting to military requirements, achieving occupational proficiency and learning how to become highly productive members of the Air Force....
 
 
Senior Airman
JASON COLBERT

Energy office helps keep lights on

Senior AirmanJASON COLBERT Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, explains the value of low wattage light bulbs to Robert Wimp at the Energy Conservation Month booth April 9 at Luke Air Force...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler relinquishes command of the 310th Fighter Squadron to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner at 8:31 a.m. today in Hangar 913. Days of Remembrance The 2014 Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims is May 2 at Club Five Six. A Holocaust exhibit of masks of holocaust survivors and paintings...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin