Today's dose of sporty goodness comes from David Ortiz, the world-class slugger and human being on the Boston Red Sox, who earlier this month took to the streets of Manhattan to hug strangers. If you're not a baseball nut, you should know that the New York Yankees and the residents of their fair city very much loathe the Boston Red Sox and all affiliated therewith. Alec Baldwin (Yankees fan) and John Krasinski (BoSox fan) display this excellently in their ads for New Era. (Videos after the jump.)
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Welcome to the first installment in a new feature here at brandonsneed.com: "A Few Things About ...", in which we explore awesome things people are doing. (And, yes, I am sort of ripping off Esquire's format for "What I've Learned," where we remove the questions and just leave the answers. But hey, it's one of my favorite magazines, so that makes it okay. Right?)
Kramer Sneed—my younger brother—was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 32nd round of the 2010 draft. If you’re a clueless Kramer fan, and not a baseball fan, here’s a breakdown of Kramer and what it meant when he was drafted by the Yankees.
Kramer's first love in life was basketball. Well, sports in general; basketball was his baby. Being 6-4 and lefthanded, though, he wisely decided to pitch in college. He went on to become the first player drafted out of Barton College in about 15 years.
There's some irony here. Unlike Kramer, I did go to college shooting for a career in baseball. And, unlike Kramer, I didn't make it.
Now he's in the thick of it, working like whoa to get where everyone around him is trying to go. The majors. The Show. Where "you hit white balls for batting practice and the ballparks are like cathedrals and other people carry your luggage and the women all have long legs and brains. Where the pitchers throw ungodly breaking stuff." Where every day is the greatest day of your life. (At least, according to Bull Durham.)
Before that, all but the most unbelievable of ballplayers spend a few years grinding through the minors. Here's a look at how Kramer got where he is, how he's doing, and what life's really like in the minor leagues. Enjoy.
How far would the God of the universe go for His children? Guest post by Karen Sneed, All Jesus Ministries
"How far would the God of the universe go for his children?" My mom, Karen Sneed -- vice president of All Jesus Ministries in Greenville, NC -- explored this question in her monthly newsletter's devotional. It is featured here today at brandonsneed.com.