2004 MLB Spring Training

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Poor season gave Tigers’ Maroth opportunity to demonstrate faith

LAKELAND, Fla. (BP)--From a baseball perspective, last year was a season Mike Maroth would like to forget.

Looper believes faith can strengthen him under N.Y. spotlight

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (BP)--After winning a World Series as a member of the Florida Marlins last year, Braden Looper finds himself with a new team for a new season.

Major league baseball players use “Passion” as an outreach

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Photo Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals invited teammates and friends to see “The Passion of the Christ.” Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--Churches aren’t the only ones renting out theaters and using Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” as an outreach tool. Baseball players are doing the same thing.
      “I just felt like it was an opportunity to get some guys to go that maybe could ask some questions afterward,” said New York Mets pitcher Braden Looper during spring training in Florida. “It was a great outreach. I think we had like 50 guys and their wives show up.”
      Looper is just one of a handful of players who arranged for their teammates to see the movie during spring training by renting out a movie theater or by handing out free tickets.

Astros’ Pettitte doubles as S.S. teacher in off-season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (BP)--Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte remembers the temptations he faced in high school, and he thinks teens today deal with even greater struggles.