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.


 
 

 
NEW_1

Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nichola...
 
 
Courtesy photo

In plain sight, but where?

Senior Airman Marcy Copeland The “Honor Roll” memorial sits silently behind the command post July 21 at Luke Air Force Base. The memorial contains the names of men who attended pilot training at Luke Field from 1941 to 1943...
 
 
Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

FSS cog in 56th FW wheel

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Kim Caley, 56th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts operation manager, works on a project at Luke Air Force Base. The arts and crafts center helps Airman moral with arts, crafts or wood projects. ...
 

 
18_150717-F-VY794-012

PROTOCOL: Master planners Emily Post of AF

Tech. Sgt. Douglas Teutsch, 56th FW protocol NCO in charge, sweeps up after the change of command ceremony. Special occasions often require seemingly mundane yet important tasks, such as organizing proper seating arrangements a...
 
 

Lightning II debrief …

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Senior Airman Roger Combs, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, downloads information from an F-35 Lightning II engine at Luke Air Force Base. Since 2010, more than 1,800 maintainers have been trained on the F-35. The first production F-35A rolled out of assembly in February 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas. Later...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resi...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>