Stories of Professional Baseball Athletes

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIJune 18, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 13:   Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers at bat during a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 13, 2009 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

There are many professional baseball players with stories, and they know life is about more than just baseball.


Josh Hamilton was approaching the end of the road in baseball until he found that drugs and tattoos weren't everything. He would have dreams tempting him to use drugs. Now, though, he recites James 4:7, "Humble yourself before God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you."

He memorizes, and recites scripture now, and takes part in Bible studies. He also shares his story with fans. Hamilton has stayed clean from drugs and had a successful 2008 season with the Texas Rangers, though this season he has been plagued by injuries for him.


This season, Greinke has been an ace for the Kansas City Royals. He is currently 8-3 with an 1.96 ERA. In 2006, however, Greinke was away from baseball, suffering from an anxiety disorder, and depression. Greinke had to take time off from baseball to get his life back together, and now, look where he is.

During his comeback, he has spent time in the minors, in the bullpen, and now, back in the starting rotation. At the end of the 2008 season, he got his game back to where he wanted it.  He finished with 13 wins, and finished the season with streak of 14 scoreless innings. This season, he extended that streak to 38 scoreless innings. Zack Greinke is a true, up-and-coming star who overcame serious struggles as well.


Albert Pujols has always been a baseball player. He is one of great superstars in today's game, but baseball is not the only thing that is important to Albert Pujols. Pujols is an active Christian who is a married father to a daughter with down syndrome. He also has two other children.

Pujols created the Albert Pujols Family Foundation for the development of people with down syndrome. On their website, Pujols states, "We exist to honor God and strengthen families through our works, deeds, and our example." Pujols has recognized that his gift to play baseball is from God, and because of that, he and his family's lives have been blessed by God. Pujols has put God first in his life, and everything else second.

Hearing about Albert Pujols story encourages me, and shows me that athletes are truly good role models. These athletes are truly role models because they have the right mindset, and know that there is more to life than just baseball.