Bob Nightengale profiles a different side of the Colorado Rockies in USA Today. It's not about humidors, altitude, relief pitching, or what Choo Freeman's real first name is.
Nightengale writes about the Rockies attempt to fill the team with "character" guys. Which apparently means that the Rockies are looking for players who are openly Christian.
This one passage in the article was very interesting to me.
Is it possible that some Rockies are playing the role of good Christians just to stay in the team's good graces? Yes, former Rockies say.
"They have a great group of guys over there, but I've never been in a clubhouse where Christianity is the main purpose," says
San Francisco Giants first baseman-outfielder Mark Sweeney, a veteran of seven organizations who spent 2003 and 2004 with the Rockies. "You wonder if some people are going along with it just to keep their jobs.
"Look, I pray every day," Sweeney says. "I have faith. It's always been part of my life. But I don't want something forced on me. Do they really have to check to see whether I have a Playboy in my locker?"
Other baseball executives say they appreciate the Rockies' new emphasis on good character but say they would never try to build a team of Christian believers.
"You don't hear about it so much with their players, but you hear about it with their front office,"
San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers says. "That's not us. ... We wouldn't do that. But who's to say they're wrong for doing that?"
I would urge you to read the whole article before making a comment. The article has surprising depth for McPaper.