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A Smack of the Crozier Goes To . . .

January 23rd, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

. . . pro-football for not supplying the priesthood with any vocations. You may be asking yourself, “why is Gen doing this? What’s he talking about?” Well, allow me to explain myself a little further by stating that I am giving a nod of the miter to pro-baseball.

No, I have not gone insane. I’m just reading the headlines:

“A’s Prospect Leaving Baseball for Call of the Priesthood”

The entire story, as reported by Yahoo! Sports:

Well, here’s a story you don’t see every day.Grant Desme, a 23-year-old minor league outfielder in Oakland’s system, is retiring from baseball to follow a calling into the Catholic priesthood.
The story was first reported by Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi ? perhaps appropriately with that first name of his ? and this isn’t a case of a struggling player going through an early-life crisis. Desme was ranked the A’s eighth-best prospect by Baseball America after hitting .288 with 31 home runs and 89 RBIs in A ball in 2009 and he was just named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
Desme might have even been a late-season callup to the big league club in 2010. Our Y! Sports 2010 fantasy guide has him ranked the 40th-best minor-league prospect for near-term fantasy purpose. However, ESPN’s Rob Neyer disagrees, saying that he didn’t see Desme as a future star by the Bay.
Susan Slusser has more on Desme’s decision to leave playing against the Padres and Cardinals so he can start praying with other padres and cardinals at a Catholic seminary in Orange County. He said the news came as bit of a shock to Billy Beane, but that the Oakland GM and entire A’s system have been supportive of his decision.

“I’m doing well in baseball. But I had to get down to the bottom of things, to what was good in my life, what I wanted to do with my life. Baseball is a good thing, but that felt selfish of me when I felt that God was calling me more. It took awhile to trust that and open up to it and aim full steam toward him … I love the game, but I’m going to aspire to higher things.”

Desme spoke with Baseball America last year about baseball being only “a game” and we wish him success on his spiritual path. In a selfish age when churches struggle to recruit young male Americans, his sacrifice of possible riches is a very admirable thing.

There’s another joke to be made about Padres, Cardinals, and Angels, but I lack the initiative to make it. It’s Saturday.

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3 Responses to “A Smack of the Crozier Goes To . . .”

  1. avatar Dr. K says:

    lol. I'd imagine there are far more Catholics in pro baseball than pro football. There are so many players from Latin American countries, and these men tend to be Catholics (or sometimes Evangelicals).

    Good luck to this player!

    ~Dr. K

  2. avatar Mike says:

    Dr. K.,

    In 2007 Catholic Exchange was involved in the production of Champions of Faith – Baseball Edition, which was followed less than a year later by Champions of Faith: The Bases of Life.

    I bought copies of each DVD for use in my religious ed classes. The pro baseball players and coaches in each production all had great messages and seemed to connect with the kids.

    To your point, a February 2008 press release said that Champions of Faith: Football Edition was also planned. For whatever reason, I'm still waiting for that to come out.

    The delay could be, of course, for any number of reasons but I still find it interesting that they got two baseball-oriented DVDs out without any apparent problem, while the football one is still in the works.

  3. I read in Father Z blog that Grant and his family attended the EF Latin Mass in Bakersfield, Ca. and Grant use to serve the Tridentine Mass.

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