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Apr 11

Winning Runs – Balanced Priorities

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Jamie Moyer is 49 years old, like me.  Like me Jamie Moyer is the oldest active “player” doing his job at his workplace.

On the other hand, Moyer is a Major Leagues Baseball pitcher.  In fact, his next win will be the oldest victory for a pitcher in MLB history. 1

Moyer and wife Karen live with their eight children in Florida.  There the Moyers promote the nonprofit Moyer Foundation.  Their mission is “to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives.” 1

Though busy in 2009 the Moyers were interviewed about the life of a professional baseball family, the work of their foundation, and their faith.

Your family’s faith is very strong. Where does that come from?

Karen: Since I was 5, I grew up around the University of Notre Dame, going to Mass, being part of campus ministry, having priests over for dinner. On and off during my life, especially during the Lenten season, I attend daily Mass. I am entirely led by the Lord in everything I do.

Jamie: I grew up going to Sunday school and church, but I’m not from a Catholic family. Then I met Karen, who is very Catholic. When we decided to get married we knew we would raise our children Catholic, so I converted. Our faith as a family is very important to us.

How do you incorporate your faith into everyday life?

Karen: I try to go to daily Mass when I can. I go to church no matter where we are, any city, any country. Our family has seen Mass in many languages. We say prayers at mealtime and bedtime, remember those less fortunate, and I constantly remind the children about what Christ did for all of us.

Jamie: During the season sometimes it’s difficult to find a Mass when I’m traveling. At some ballparks they have a Catholic Mass, and there’s also a baseball chapel in every ballpark on a Sunday. A lot of the organizations also have Bible study for players and wives.

How do you keep from becoming a stereotypical celebrity family?

Jamie: In 1993, we had just had our first child a year before and I was visiting a child in the hospital. I walked into his room and I was speechless. Gregory is 19 now but he was 2 at the time. He had a very rare form of leukemia, and I could see he was very sick. I thought, How unfortunate is this little boy and how fortunate is our little boy. It really hit home for me. My family also helps me keep things in balance. To be able to walk out of the clubhouse, maybe I’m not feeling the best, and my wife gives me a hug and a kiss, and the kids run up and say, “Daddy! I missed you!” That brings a smile to my face immediately.

Karen: Jamie and I said, “We’re just going to be true to ourselves and true to what the Lord expects us and wants us to do.” When I see [people] getting overwhelmed with things that I probably was overwhelmed with in my younger years, I think, I’ll bet a trip to the children’s hospital would change that. If you have something in your life that reminds you of how good things can be and how absolutely bad things can be, I think that helps to center you.

I have fought well. I have finished the race, and I have been faithful. So a crown will be given to me for pleasing the Lord.” 2

Winners choose to balance their priorities.

 

1 – UPDATE:  According to ESPN, on Tuesday April 17, 2012 “Jamie Moyer showed there remains a place for a vintage lefty in a young man’s game as the 49-year-old became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league contest.He threw seven strong innings and Dexter Fowler hit a two-run homer to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3…”

‘It’s a great night for the Rockies, as far as winning a baseball game. But it’s an historic night for one tremendous human being,’ Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ‘It couldn’t happen to a better guy. A more professional person I don’t know I’ve been around’…his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list.”

2 – http://www.catholicdigest.com/articles/people/celebrities/2010/02-01/jamie-and-karen-moyer—philadelphia-phillies-pitcher-and-philanthropists

3 – 2 Timothy 4:7-8, CEV

Bring on the comments

  1. You obviously know what you’re writing about. Good job.

  2. Thank you Cheri, you’re very kind!
    Thank you for reading and commenting.

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