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DSpivack
01-22-2010, 02:09 PM
Well, this is a first.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4849432

JermaineDye05
01-22-2010, 02:14 PM
Desme?! :o:

Isn't he the one that had the monster AFL showing? Had like 10 HR in 12 games.

DSpivack
01-22-2010, 02:18 PM
Desme?! :o:

Isn't he the one that had the monster AFL showing? Had like 10 HR in 12 games.

AFL MVP, yep.

Hit 31 HRs and stole 40 bases last season, too [in AA, I think?].

Zisk77
01-22-2010, 02:36 PM
"Strap, God wants you out on that Court"...

FarmerAndy
01-22-2010, 02:54 PM
My brother said he left because he wants to play for the Angels. :rolling:

thomas35forever
01-22-2010, 02:55 PM
Good for him. The Church is always praying for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life these days, so this is a sign it's working.

DirtySox
01-22-2010, 02:58 PM
AFL MVP, yep.

Hit 31 HRs and stole 40 bases last season, too [in AA, I think?].

Think the highest level he was at was A+.

Good for him though. Takes courage to step away from baseball as a regarded prospect to do something he fully believes in.

TheOldRoman
01-22-2010, 03:16 PM
Glad to see him make the tough decision and follow his heart.

g0g0
01-22-2010, 03:28 PM
Good for him. The Church is always praying for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life these days, so this is a sign it's working.

Or my praying that other AL team's farm systems are depleted is working. The lord works in mysterious ways...

The Dude
01-22-2010, 03:56 PM
Or my praying that other AL team's farm systems are depleted is working. The lord works in mysterious ways...

bingo! Thank you lord g0g0!

doublem23
01-22-2010, 04:13 PM
Or my praying that other AL team's farm systems are depleted is working. The lord works in mysterious ways...

I could use a couple million dollars, if you have some spare time. You know, for the kids.

soxfanreggie
01-22-2010, 06:15 PM
Glad to see him make the tough decision and follow his heart.

Agree 100%. I believe there was an MLS player who did this as well.

Dibbs
01-22-2010, 06:32 PM
Wow! I would follow the money and not my heart.

DSpivack
01-22-2010, 08:29 PM
Agree 100%. I believe there was an MLS player who did this as well.

MLB: Chance to make millions as an average player.

MLS: Chance to make 10,000s as an average player.

Redus Redux
01-22-2010, 08:37 PM
I echo the sentiments here that it is great this guy is following his heart.

With the slight twist that I think it should be kind of illegal to do this to an Oakland baseball fan...

soxinem1
01-22-2010, 10:58 PM
And they say players should not be looked upon as Saints!:smile:

I do remember Rob Ritchie with DET giving up MLB to devote the rest of his life to the Jehovah's Witnesses or Seventh Day Adventist's, IIRC.

fram40
01-22-2010, 11:58 PM
Wow! I would follow the money and not my heart.

following the money would be following my heart.

Sam Spade
01-23-2010, 02:59 AM
He would have done more good for the world if he followed his desire to be a priest later in life, after a successful baseball career. Thumbs down for being selfish.

TornLabrum
01-23-2010, 07:58 AM
He would have done more good for the world if he followed his desire to be a priest later in life, after a successful baseball career. Thumbs down for being selfish.

:tealtutor: My eyes hurt!

doublem23
01-23-2010, 09:33 AM
Agree 100%. I believe there was an MLS player who did this as well.

I think they guy you're talking about was that soccer player from Bloomington. He wasn't actually an MLS player, he was just a really good amateur player at his seminary, and some people thought he could make an MLS roster, but he chose not to leave the priesthood.

NDSox12
01-23-2010, 03:06 PM
I think they guy you're talking about was that soccer player from Bloomington. He wasn't actually an MLS player, he was just a really good amateur player at his seminary, and some people thought he could make an MLS roster, but he chose not to leave the priesthood.

Chase Hilgenbrinck is the former MLS player who left to become a priest. He only appeared in 4 MLS games though.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25692545

doublem23
01-24-2010, 02:32 PM
Chase Hilgenbrinck is the former MLS player who left to become a priest. He only appeared in 4 MLS games though.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/25692545

That is the guy I was thinking of. Oh well, my mistake.

TDog
01-24-2010, 03:21 PM
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Good for him though. Takes courage to step away from baseball as a regarded prospect to do something he fully believes in.

I was thinking the same thing.

I am reminded that when I was in high school, Cat Stevens converted to Islam, gave all of his possessions to the mosque (religious organization, whatever) and gave up stardom for teaching. My best friend in high school was a huge Cat Stevens fan, and he was bummed. Of course, a musical entertaining career doesn't have as small a window as athletics. Yusef Islam (the current name for Steven Georgiou-turned Cat Stevens) released a CD last year under the name Yusef, Islam not being a name with strong marketing power in the U.S.

Dibbs
01-24-2010, 04:00 PM
following the money would be following my heart.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

ewokpelts
01-25-2010, 01:28 PM
Jesus is sparing him from playing for the A's.

wilburaga
01-25-2010, 02:14 PM
Reminiscent of McKay Christensen.

W

DSpivack
01-25-2010, 03:18 PM
Reminiscent of McKay Christensen.

W

All I remember of him is that he was a Sox farmhand OF that had a cup of coffee with the big league team.

What was his story?

KenBerryGrab
01-25-2010, 03:25 PM
I am reminded of a co-worker whose then-boyfriend left her for the priesthood.

I thought she'd be distraught, but she had a good attitude.

"I lost out to God," she said. "That's pretty tough competition."

wilburaga
01-25-2010, 04:22 PM
All I remember of him is that he was a Sox farmhand OF that had a cup of coffee with the big league team.

What was his story?

McKay ws the sixth overall pick of the 1994 draft (by the Angels). He then went on a two year Mormon mission (I think to Japan), during which time he was traded to the Sox as part of the Jim Abbott deal. He never lived up to his enormous potential, and many believe the two year layoff was a crucial factor in this.

W

cws05champ
01-25-2010, 06:10 PM
This thread would be really interesting if this were a White Sox top prospect....

Viva Medias B's
01-25-2010, 09:26 PM
Other professional athletes have become priests. The best local example is Rev. Nick Marro. Fr. Nick had a tryout (http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/1847) with the Baltimore Colts in 1957 and is now the Bears chaplain and pastor of Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata which is just north of USCF.

Railsplitter
01-26-2010, 09:14 AM
When Ty Cobb was suspended for attacking a heckler in New York in 1912, the rest of the Tigers walked out in support. Consequently, for a game in Philadephia, the Tigers rounded up a bunch of local sandlaot players and lost by something like 24-2. The losing picther that day, Al Travers, later became a priest.

ewokpelts
01-26-2010, 09:28 AM
He would have done more good for the world if he followed his desire to be a priest later in life, after a successful baseball career. Thumbs down for being selfish. the church needs priests NOW. if this kid wants to go and be a priest, so be it. at least he's not tim tebow.