The Colorado Rockies are apparently a faith-based baseball team.
Its front office runs the team based on “Christian principles.” Chief Executive Charlie Monfort told USA Today in 2006:
“Christians, and what they’ve endured, are some of the strongest people in baseball. I believe God sends signs, and we’re seeing those.”
So I guess they won’t give up after last night’s opening game debacle.
But as Dave Zirin and Tom Krattenmaker “write”:http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-krattenmaker24oct24,0,7817597.story?track=rss in the LA Times, it’s not easy to live by religious principles in the hyper-competitive world of pro sports:
The Rockies’ playoffs triumph is almost enough to make believers out of sporting heathens too. But faith and sports are not the match made in heaven some would have us believe — as moments from the Rockies’ storybook season make clear.
You might recall this play: Left fielder Matt Holliday slid safely at home plate to score the winning run in the 13th inning of the crucial, one-game playoff with the San Diego Padres that sent his Rockies into the postseason. The problem, as replays made clear, was that he never touched home.
When asked about the call after the game, Holliday apparently felt no duty to confess. That’s in keeping with the values and norms of professional sports, where competitors never give an inch, even to the truth. But Holliday went on to implicate God in the umpire’s error by publicly thanking the Lord for the victory and the season’s many blessings.