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Faith and History at the 2016 World Series

For the first time in generations the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are playing in a World Series. See the interviews you won’t see anywhere else as players and coaches think beyond the game. Read Transcript


NARRATOR: After the Indians struck first with a Game 1

victory, the Cubs fired right back in Game 2-- first

with this double by Anthony Rizzo driving home Chris


Then at the top of the third, with Zobrist on second

and Anthony Rizzo on third, Kyle Schwarber singles

to center field and in comes Rizzo, Zobrist to third.

Cubbies two runs, the Tribe, nada until the fifth.

Ben Zobrist nails this triple driving in Rizzo again.

But here comes Schwarber who drives a single to center

field, then in comes Zobrist.

Cubbies up 4 to 0.

Bottom of the sixth, this pitch gets away from Jake Arrieta,

then in comes Jason Kipnis.

And the Tribe is finally on the board.

But in the end, the Cubbies hold on to tie the series,

and it's off to Chicago for Game 3.

SHAWN BROWN: Hello and welcome to Progressive Field

here in Cleveland for CBN's coverage of the 2016 World

Series, where the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians

are battling it out to try and stake

their claim to the championship.

Two teams who haven't won the World Series in over 70 years--

for the Indians it was 1948.

But for the Cubs, it was 1908.

So you can imagine the amount of pressure

each ball club is experiencing is at an all time high.

But I got a chance to talk to players

from both teams who say they're keeping everything

in perspective.

Yes, the goal is to win, but they're playing for a lot more

than a championship.

NARRATOR: The Cleveland Indians haven't played

in a World Series since 1997.

This season, they would not be denied.

On the tail end of a lot of their victories

was veteran relief pitcher Cody Allen,

who says he's learned how to keep

his priorities in order while playing on the biggest

stage in baseball.

You know my relationship with Jesus Christ, you know,

it's kind of-- that allows me to keep things in perspective.

You don't want to add pressure in these situations.

You walk away from it at the end of the day,

and you understand that this is a job.

This is a game.

This is something that I love to do.

This is something that I've been extremely blessed to do.

And it's a platform that the Lord's

given me to use to reach other people.

And you know, we understand that we're here for a purpose,

and that doesn't include playing baseball.

Although, baseball is a great honor, and I'm glad to do it.

But that's not why we're here.

Once I realized that God has a plan for everything--

God has a purpose for all of us in this game.

And I mean look at it-- we're in the biggest stage of sports

where we get to share our faith, and we

get to talk to people about what we believe in.

You know, like, I love Jesus.

And he's kept me this way.

NARRATOR: For the first time in his 10 year career,

Rajai Davis led the American League in stolen bases

with 43 this season.

Because he did it at the age of 36,

he says there's no way this would

have been possible without help from the Lord.

I think sometimes I've failed to ask him for his help


I think, like, I got it, you know.

But I'm really not that good.

But you know, over the course of this year

though, I've been pretty consistent at like asking him

for help while I'm out there.

Because he's actually helping me, you know.

And I'm just thankful that, you know,

I can be that extension of God's grace over my life

and you know and a light, you know,

so that people can see that there is a God.

And He's working through me.

NARRATOR: World Series veteran Ben Zobrist

has been here three times, winning the championship

last season with Kansas City.

And he says if there's one thing he's learned,

it's that a championship is great,

but there's a lot more to life than a trophy.

Don't put your hope in baseball.

Yeah, don't.

It's a great game, and we have a lot of fun out here.

And it's a great job to have someday.

But the bottom line is, it can't be God.

It'll never be that for us.

And it will always let you down in the end, you know.

So we may be champions at the end of this year,

but at some point my career is going to be over.

And baseball won't be able to carry me,

and I know the Lord will always carry me.

So I put my hope in him.

NARRATOR: Perhaps the most heartfelt story

of the fall classic is that of outfielder Chris Coghlan

who lost his father when he was a boy.

To cope with the loss, he turned to baseball.

But not even America's past time could

fill the void in his heart.

Baseball became my god, you know, when I lost my father.

You know, I felt like that was the way at a young age

to honor him, because he poured a lot into me, you know,

and baseball was big to him.

So I did that, and obviously got me to a point of brokenness.

And you think if you were smart, you'd

pick a sport that wasn't a game of failure.

But God used that in my life.

And then, it's obvious that my faith

plays a huge role in what I do.

But in life in general, there's so

many ups and downs in this game, and so it's really the only

constant that I do have.

NARRATOR: For those who feel their hearts are heavy,

Chris wants to leave this message.

CHRIST COGHLAN: I would just encourage them, you know,

at their brokenness to turn to Jesus versus other things.

I'm speaking from a guy who's turned

other things before Christ.

It just doesn't fulfill.


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