Second baseman Ben Zobrist was a free agent when a call from the Kansas City Royals led him to experience the greatest win of his career. When the Royals won the 2015 World Series, Ben celebrated as one of them.
Ben has made a name for himself as a skilled defender and switch-hitter. He has been called a “super utility player” by the MLB. Ben spends most of his time at second base but is also a skilled shortstop and right-fielder. Wherever he is on the field, he aims to bring glory to Christ.
“We know that, as Christian athletes,” says Ben, “people are watching. I want to be the best example that I can be and show that I am different and Christ has changed my life.”
As a free agent, Ben wasn’t sure what the 2015 season would hold for him. But he knew God had a plan.
“God allows things to happen the way He wants,” says Ben, quite aware that could sound like a contradiction. “We need to accept it joyfully and to love Him through times when things don’t happen the way we would like.”
Like most ballplayers, Ben has experienced ups and downs in his career, but this season he found success with the Royals.
“I am learning to enjoy the experience God put me in at the moment and glorifying Him in that,” he says, reflecting on the past season. “The World Series…Wow!”
Ben’s teammate, former relief pitcher Brian Shouse, has nothing but joy over his friend’s success.
“Ben is the kind of player you would want on your team,” says Brian. “He plays hard, he wants to learn and improve, and he has a great attitude. He is a very active Christian and he looks for ways he can help and encourage others. He has found peace and joy through his faith in Jesus.”
After a great season, Ben continues to look for ways to grow as a player and in his faith.
“I’m definitely no more deserving than anyone else of the chance to do something like this on a daily basis,” says Ben. “The biggest thing is that I’m still learning so much about faith. It’s not just knowing the truth, it’s about allowing the truth of Christ and the message of His grace, hope, and love through the cross change the way we look at everything in our lives.”
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
“I’m learning through the game of baseball that God is so patient,” says Ben. “His love is patient, steadfast, and merciful. I really want to grow in Christ. I want to understand who God is and who He created me to be.”
As Ben looks into the future, he hopes to be a leader both on and off the field.
“I don’t dream of fame, fortune, or popularity,” says Ben, “but for me, if God allows me to [continue to] play, I will have a different perspective—to direct people back to the Lord.”