“Manny Being Manny” – Who Is this “New” Manny Ramirez?

John ArmstrongBaseball, Love, Personal12 Comments

Former Major League Baseball all-star Manny Ramirez was the perennial “bad boy” of the sport. With his long dreadlocks, sullen attitude, disrespect for the game in general and inability to get along with teammates, the perennial slugger was both a sensational talent and a complete drain on teams who employed him. When Manny Ramirez left baseball I frankly never missed … Read More

Rethinking a Christian Response to Suicide

John ArmstrongBaseball, Bio-Medical Ethics, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Death, Ethics, Science16 Comments

I am continually amazed at the lack of sensitivity and pastoral grace that many Christians have regarding their response to a death by suicide. There was a time when Christians–Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant–generally considered suicide an “unpardonable sin.” For this reason when a person took their own life the family was left with the profound sense that their loved one … Read More

"One Hit From Home" – A Film I Enjoyed Sharing a Role in as an Actor

John ArmstrongACT 3, Baseball, Culture, Faith, Film, Personal

Some of you know that a few years ago I worked with several friends on a feature film. These two friends–Johnny Meier and David Stone–came to personal faith in Christ as young filmmakers and were powerfully nudged by the Spirit to change their lifestyle. This leading of the Spirit led them to make some faithful choices about what they would … Read More

Trouble with the Curve

John ArmstrongBaseball, Film

The new Clint Eastwood film Trouble with the Curve is much, much more than a baseball movie. It is really a character story with a baseball backdrop, much like the well-done book/film, Moneyball. In Trouble with the Curve an ailing baseball scout, Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood), is in his twilight years and living a hum-drum life. Through pressure from his … Read More

Wherever I Wind Up: The R. A. Dickey Story

John ArmstrongBaseball, Books

My friends know that I am a huge baseball fan. I have loved the game since I was four or five years old. I got this love, like so many fans of the game, from my dad. There were many summer nights when my tired father would come home from work and take me “out to the ball game” because … Read More

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

John ArmstrongACT 3, Baseball

My passion for baseball is almost legendary. I enjoy a relaxing day at the ballpark about as much as anything I can do for pure fun. I miss baseball after the World Series in October every year, just like clockwork. I long for Spring and the crack of the bat around March 1. Sometimes we even plan a five-day Florida … Read More

Can the Cubs Change?

John ArmstrongBaseball

Now that the baseball season is over and we have enjoyed another World Series we have a moment to reflect on the future of this great sport. Living in Chicago I get a lot of news about the Cubs, those lovable losers on the North Side. Some say the Cubs are actually cursed while others just think they are inept. … Read More

Moneyball, Two Dramatic Loses and the End of the Line for My Team

John ArmstrongBaseball

As a fan of the great game of baseball the last 36 hours have been filled with great emotion, great joy and a huge sense of loss. Rarely will we ever see four regular-season games that mattered so much come down to the end in both leagues on one dramatic evening like Wednesday night. In the AL the Red Sox … Read More

Lessons on Life from a Hall of Fame Pitcher

John ArmstrongBaseball, Discipleship, Leadership

Many of you already know I am a huge baseball fan. In particular, I am a life-long Braves fan. I loved them when they were in Milwaukee and when they moved to Atlanta in 1966 I was a 17 year-old kid who found ways to drive four hours to Atlanta to see them play several times a summer. I have … Read More

Josh Hamilton: An Icon of Grace in a Game of Skill

John ArmstrongBaseball, Current Affairs

Texas Rangers superstar outfielder Josh Hamilton has won an MVP award and played in the World Series in the past year. He is just one of the very best players there is in a game that demands skill, perseverance and dedication all wrapped into one athlete. Hamilton is also a serious and thoughtful Christian. It was not always this way … Read More