INDIAN'S PLAYERS REVEAL BRIGHT FUTURE
by Bryan Wagner
Our Cleveland Indians are not the 1997 World Series champions. However, this
group of athletes has done some tremendous things throughout the regular season, as
well as the postseason.
We have seen them win another division title. We were on the edge of our seats
when they beat those dreaded Bronx Bombers, the New York Yankees. We cheered them on
to defeat the Baltimore Orioles and get into the World Series for the second time in three
years. And during the "big dance" itself, we're are on an emotional roller
coaster ride through the wins and losses.
Individually, there have been fantastic performances by these ball players. Sandy
Alomar has had a career year in his home runs to win the All-Star MVP and beat the
Yankees. Marquis Grissom's home run to put the Indians on track to edge the Orioles
and Tony Fernandez' shot to finally put them away. Jim Thome's 40 home runs.
Individual pitching performances. Gold Gloves to Omar Vizquel and Matt
Williams. Silver Slugger awards to Williams and David Justice. The list goes
on and on.
More importantly, the things that I am very excited about are the testimonies that were
shared by the Christians on the team. Tony Fernandez on National TV explaining how
important Jesus Christ is to his life and the circumstances that brought him to be in the
right place at the right time. Orel Hershiser's bold leadership inside the locker
room, in the dugout and outside on the field. Kevin Seitzer's giving glory to
God. Many Christian examples and testimonies by Mike Jackson, Bip Roberts, Chad
Ogea, Eric Plunk and others. These men know what is most important in their lives
and they truly are following Jesus' example in Matthew 6:19-21 by storing up treasures in