Monday, July 03, 2006

Baseball & Church

There's a great article out of san diego - where I got the link from I have no idea, sorry about not crediting whoever drew my attention to this article.
Matt LaChappa hasn't thrown a pitch professionally in 10 years. He is confined to a wheelchair, and constrained by the physical fallout from back-to-back heart attacks.

Yet the Padres continue to pay him as if he were an active player. It might be the noblest thing they do.

LeChappa was drafted by the Padres as their #2 pick in 1993, won 11 games as a starter in Rancho Cucamonga in 1995, then in April 1965 warming up for a relief appearance he suffered a heart attack.

But what great character the Padres have shown. Here's a guy who had not yet made it up to the big league, but they continue - 10 years later - to pay him and thus enable him to continue to have insurance.

Isn't this what being Christian is about - caring for those who can't care for themselves. I applaud the San Diego Padres.

Read the full story here

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