It’s Not About Baseball (2)

A couple weeks ago I posted about baseball player Josh Hamilton’s Christian testimony in a post called, It’s Not About Baseball. This week I learned about Fernando Tatis of the New York Mets who returned to baseball in order to help his community build a church.

Fernando Tatis’ return to major league baseball after a two-year absence had little to do with his desire to play the game, the New York Mets left fielder said Monday. It had mostly to do with his desire to build a church.

“In my town [San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic], we needed to buy land to build a church,” he explained … “And I said to my family, the only way that we can buy the land is if I come back to baseball and make the money to buy the land to build the church for our town.”

Now, he’s the Mets’ starting left fielder for a playoff contender. And the church his community wanted to build opened its doors three months ago. “You put something in your mind and when you see the reality, and when you see the church is so beautiful, so big … it‘s amazing,” Tatis said.

See related post:  It’s Not About Baseball


  1. I liked Tatis when he was with the Rangers. Then I liked him when he played for my beloved Cardinals, particularly when he hit 2 grand slams in a game … in the same inning!

    That’s a pretty neat story.

  2. Barrie says:

    This story is a great example how someone can use the talents that God has blessed them with for His Service. Great story.

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  4. Art says:

    Hi Ray, I was just wondering if we have any ex MLB players in our church that want to come out of retirement. At least we may be able to get them to play on our softball team.

  5. Ray Fowler says:

    Art – Boy, wouldn’t that be nice? I don’t know which I would like more — them helping us build a church or helping us win the playoffs next week. Hmmm, on second thought, I’ll take helping us build a church!

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