PHILADELPHIA (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic Major League Baseball pitcher was spotted apparently checking in with the Word of God in the dugout before stepping up and helping his team score a crucial victory on Tuesday night.
During Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on October 24, 25-year-old rookie Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Pfaadt appeared to read the Bible in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park before stepping onto the mound as the starting pitcher in the winner-take-all contest that would determine which team would proceed to the World Series.
This is awesome 💯👏
D-Backs pitcher, Brandon Pfaadt, appears here reading the Bible moments before taking the mound for a winner-take-all Game 7 pic.twitter.com/GkjEZcGu49
— Baseball Lifestyle™ (@BsbLifestyle__) October 25, 2023
While social media users pointed out that Pfaadt’s book might have been his scouting notebook, others noted that the text looked far too big to simply contain scouting notes.
And the rookie player’s educational background suggests that leafing through Scripture ahead of pitching in his team’s big game may not be that far-fetched.
Fox News reported that Pfaadt, who made his debut in the major leagues last year, attended the Catholic boys-only Trinity High School in the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, later attending and playing baseball at Louisville’s Bellarmine University, a private Catholic college.
Pfaadt struck out seven batters during the game, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, shattering expectations and catapulting the D-Backs to their first World Series in 22 years.
Arizona is now set to square off against the Texas Rangers in Dallas on Friday night in Game 1 of the World Series.
“It feels unbelievable,” Pfaadt said. “To come up with the guys that I came up with and look them in the face and say that we’re going to the World Series, it feels surreal.”
“It’s like a dream come true,” he said. “You grow up wanting this moment.”
And Pfaadt isn’t the only recent name in the American sports world to generate attention for his apparent adherence to his Catholic faith.
NFL player Harrison Butker, a kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, has also earned the attention of Catholics for his pro-life, traditional Catholic beliefs as well as his vocal opposition to mandated COVID jabs.
A husband and father to two young children, the 28-year-old Butker regularly serves Mass at his home parish and strongly supports the Latin Mass.