7,000 fans flooded the field at AT&T Park after the Giants suffered a tough
loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. Even though their team did not win
spirits remained high amongst Giants enthusiasts who were more interested in
hearing their heroes offer testimonies of faith, rather than how the team
played on “Fellowship Day.” Giants Players: Santiago Casilla, Ryan Vogelsong,
Hunter Strickland, Jeremy Affeldt, Justin Maxwell, Kelby Tomlinson, and General
Manager Bobby Evans shared how their faith in God has played a meaningful role
in their personal and professional lives.
Santiago Casilla from the Dominican Republic spoke to fans with the help of a
translator and explained the important role that the word of God plays in all
of our lives. Casilla quoted Jesus directly from the Bible, “If you abide in my
word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”
(John 8:32, ESV). For Casilla, his role as a baseball player comes second to
his role as a Christ follower. Casilla said, “I need to have his word in my
heart everywhere I go.”
Relief Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt is currently on the disabled list due to a
knee injury and he made it clear that although his condition makes him
frustrated and mad sometimes, it has only strengthened his trust in God.
Affeldt said, “No one said that being a Christian was going to be easy. No one
said that if you become a Christian all of your problems are going to go away.
I read something the other day that was really important to me and it said when
you sit there and look at all of your problems, remember to start worshiping
the problem solver.” Affeldt affirmed that he knows God will bring him through
rough situation this just like God has in the past because he truly loves and
puts his faith in him.
Ryan Vogelsong talked about how he leaned heavily on his faith after being released
from the Phillies in 2010; a low point in his life that left him completely devastated.
The uncertain discouragement that he may never play baseball again weighed him
down in addition to serious health issues that his wife’s father was going
through. Vogelsong overcame his fears by placing all of his faith in God. Since
then God completely restored his career and made him an All-Star and a World
Series champion. Vogelsong said, “God works his ways and got me to pro ball and
led me back to him.” His wife Nicole Vogelsong joined him onstage and shared
how God has been key in keeping their marriage and family strong through
of the team members handled themselves with grace and class as they helped,
inspired, and encouraged fans by demonstrating how God has transformed them
through their personal. Popular Christian singer and songwriter Jeremy Camp
also performed for the crowd and shared his moving testimony of how he lost his
wife to cancer in his early twenties. Camp explained that it was God’s strength
alone that helped him get through the tragic loss. The San Francisco Giants in community
partnership with the Salvation Army, K-LOVE, Spirit West Coast, and William
Jessup University made “Fellowship Day” at AT&T Park possible.
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posted by Christina Loren @ 8:05 PM,
On this date in 1989 a Star Pitcher was born in Hickory, North Carolina. Madison Bumgarner has been a huge asset to the World Champion San Francisco Giants bullpen and fans like myself are greatly appreciative that he is on the team. Happy birthday MadBum.
5 Things to Know About World Series Hero Madison Bumgarner
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posted by Christina Loren @ 11:25 PM,