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I was out of the country when this story was published, so I’m a bit behind in mentioning it.
It’s a Father’s Day feature by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Chris Woodward, manager of my beloved Texas Rangers.
The headline certainly grabbed me:
And the lede offers definite potential:
Chris - Woodward - Call - Jesus - Moment
Chris Woodward didn’t need a wake-up call or come to Jesus moment.
He was already living a life of purpose and passion.
Texas - Rangers - Manager - Prospect - Blue
The Texas Rangers manager was an infield prospect in the Blue Jays’ organization in the late 1990s despite the long odds of being selected in the 54th round of the 1994 draft.
Just as his baseball career was taking root, however, he was dealt a deeply personal blow that shook his world.
Woodward - Death - Father - Faith
At just 21-years-old, Woodward had to deal with the death of his father. His faith was tested.
“He tried to reason his faith and faith doesn’t work like that,” said Erin Woodward, Chris’ wife.
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But here’s the frustrating part: The Star-Telegram never really moves beyond vague references to faith and God.
Yes, Woodward’s wife mentions a “God moment” for her husband. And the manager says the adoption changed his “spiritual perspective.” And the writer isn’t shy about quotes that include faith and God:
God - Erin
The ordeal brought him closer to God, Erin said.
“It was a real faith moment where he was able to see the hand of God in our lives,” she said. “To see a man who was already so fundamentally and morally well put together … he always believed and he always had a spiritual connection,...
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