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Baseball as a Road to God: This NYU Class Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds

What do Joe DiMaggio, Lord Krishna, Ernest Hemingway, and a sacred tree in South America have in common? No, the answer is not a bad joke like your dad might tell. Instead, these four things are all part of the subject material for a course that is currently being taught at New York University called “Baseball as a Road to God.”

Dr. John Sexton is teaching this class to 18 undergraduates at NYU. Some of them are serious baseball fans, while others don’t really know or care what Babe Ruth’s curse is. However, they all are in process of “touching the ineffable,” as Sexton describes what students are learning in the course.

“The real idea of the course,” Sexton said, is to develop heightened sensitivity and a noticing capacity. So baseball’s not ‘the’ road to God. For most of us, it isn’t ‘a’ road to God. But it’s a way to notice, to cause us to live more slowly and to watch more keenly and thereby to discover the specialness of our life and our being, and for some of us, something more than our being.” Read the rest of this entry »



Derek Jeter’s Education Background

Baseball Player Derek Jeter in UniformDerek Sanderson Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey. He is the son of Dr. Sanderson Charles and Dorothy Jeter. Jeter has one sister named Sharlee. When Jeter was four the family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jeter quickly became a baseball star in high school. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School. In 1992 Jeter was awarded the Gatorade High School Player of the Year award and the USA Today’s High School Player of the Year.

Jeter received a baseball scholarship to the University of Michigan. Eventually, Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees and chose to turn professional. He has stated that he intends to attend college in the future.

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Alex Rodriguez’s Education Background

Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” RodriguezAlexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez was born on July 27, 1975 in the Washington Heights section of New York City. When Rodriguez was four his family moved to the Dominican Republic and them to Miami, Florida.

Rodriguez attended Westminster Christian High School in Miami. He was a budding baseball star at his high school. Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Miami. However, Rodriguez turned down the baseball scholarship and never played college baseball. Instead, Rodriguez signed with the Seattle Mariners after he was chosen in the first round of the amateur draft at the young age of 17.

Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1993. In 1994, Rodriguez did his playing with Seattle’s AAA affiliate, the Calgary Cannons. On July 8, 1994, Rodriguez made his major league debut at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. At 18 years old, Rodriguez was just the third major league short stop since 1900. His first major league hit came the following day in Boston. He hit a single in Fenway Park. Rodriguez played for the Mariners full time beginning the next season. He played with Seattle from 1994-2000. From 2001-2003, Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers. Since 2004 Rodriguez, who is commonly called, A-Rod, had played for the New York Yankees.

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2011 Major League Baseball Rookies: Where Are They From?

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

It’s that time of year again, when the sun comes out (OK, not in New York) and you can ditch school, grab your glove and head out to a baseball game. Each year, there’s an exciting class of rookies coming in from the college ranks, ready to make an impact. Here’s a few to watch out for:

Brandon Belt, San Fransisco Giants First Baseman

The Giants’ top prospect, Belt played his college ball at the University of Texas, and hit .320 over his final two seasons. He showed an ability to take a walk as well, posting a .416 on-base percentage his last year in Austin. Even better, it doesn’t look like San Fransisco is going to go all Buster Posey on Belt and stash him in the minors for two months. He went 1-for-3 with a walk on opening day, and is a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.

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College World Series: Texas Christian Stays Alive, Roth Shuts Down Clemson

college world seriesThe Texas Christian Horned Frogs were facing elimination yesterday at the College World Series. Thankfully, that had Matt Purke on the mound, and in case you didn’t know, Purke doesn’t lose.

Really.

Purke moved to 16-0 on the season by retiring the first 11 hitters he faced–nine on ground balls–as TCU staved off elimination with a 6-2 win over UCLA. Purke didn’t allow a hit until Chris Giovinazzo bunted his way on base with one out in the fifth with the Bruins down 3-0, drawing a smattering of boos from the pro-TCU crowd.

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College World Series: TCU Slams Florida State, Clemson Holds Off Oklahoma

TCU's Matt Curry. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

TCU's Matt Curry. Image Via: AP Photo/Nati Harnik

For seven innings, it looked like the Florida State Seminoles were going to survive an error-filled game that would have eliminated them from the College World Series.

In the eighth inning, they finally paid for their mistakes in a big way.

With the count full and two outs, Texas Christian’s Matt Curry blasted a grand slam over the center-field batters eye and turned a 7-5 deficit into a 9-7 lead. TCU won 11-7 and eliminated the ‘Noles from the CWS.

Florida State had jumped out to a 7-2 lead through five innings despite making four errors in that span. But when Jantzen Witte reached base on another error to open the eighth inning, it eventually cost FSU.

Down 7-4, Bryan Holaday doubled in a run to make it 7-5 and after a walk loaded the bases, Curry delivered.

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College World Series: Second Inning Sends Arizona State to Second Loss

Screwing up a sacrifice bunt might have been the best thing that happened to the South Carolina Gamecocks yesterday in the College World Series.arizona-state

South Carolina scored eight runs in the second inning after failing to get down bunts three times, and rolled to an 11-4 victory over the top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU was eliminated from the tournament with the loss.

After putting two runners on with no one out in the second inning, Bobby Haney struck out bunting foul. Scott Wingo then followed by bunting a 2-0 pitch foul.

Perhaps South Carolina just figured they’d be better off abandoning the small ball, because they started swinging and driving balls all over Rosenblatt Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »



Arizona State Loses in College World Series

college world seriesThe Arizona State Sun Devils entered the College World Series as the top-ranked team in the country. In their opening game, they played like anything but.

A mistake-prone ASU squad lost to Clemson University 6-3 in the make-up of their game yesterday that was postponed due to heavy rain.

In the top of the 2nd, Clemson had runners on first and second with one out when ASU pitcher Seth Blair was called for a balk. With runners on second and third now, the next batter hit a ground ball deep in the hole at shortstop. Instead of having an easy force play, shortstop Deven Marrero was forced to make a long throw to first, which pulled the first baseman off the bag, scoring a run.

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College World Series: Excruciatingly Long Delay Doesn’t Stop Sooners Against Gamecocks

If South Carolina Gamecock and Oklahoma Sooner players had any Father’s Day plans, hopefully they took care of them in the morning. Because they spent the rest of their Sunday at the ballpark.

ouAfter suffering through two rain delays that delayed the game over six hours, the Sooners then had to wait out a ninth-inning rally by the Gamecocks.

Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, the Gamecocks got a break when leadoff batter Kyle Enders smoked a ball under the third baseman’s glove. After a single and a walk sandwiched around a strikeout, South Carolina had the bases loaded with only one out.

But then Sooner pitcher Ryan Duke tied up Whit Merrifield on a 2-2 pitch, forcing him to pop up for the second out.

With one out to go, Duke may have felt the pressure as he walked the next batter on four pitches, none of which were especially close, making the score 4-3. Read the rest of this entry »



College World Series Games Recap

college world seriesThe College World Series (CWS) kicked off in Omaha yesterday, and although both games wound up blowouts, both came about quite differently.

In the Texas Christian versus Florida State opener, the Horned Frogs erased a 1-0 deficit three hitters into the game and wound up with a five-run first inning in their 8-1 victory. Florida State had a few rallies snuffed out, including one in the fourth inning when the first two hitters reached base.

But TCU’s Matt Purke got a double-play ground ball and a strikeout to escape the jam. After that, the Seminoles had pair of runners on in both the seventh and eighth innings but failed to score.

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