April 21, 2012
Humber Games: Christian Pitcher Is Perfect (Today)
Is White Sox's Phil Humber the new Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow?
It's not a line he says only after winning--or after doing something amazing like throwing the 21st perfect game in major league history. Want proof? Just look at his Twitter feed. "If you're looking for answers, you've come to the wrong place," he says in his Twitter bio. "But, Jesus has them! Love Him and my beautiful wife. Also, I play for the #WhiteSox." Among his tweets:
Pro 16:18 When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.#whereisyourfocus— Philip Humber (@Philip_Humber) December 1, 2011
Jeremiah 17:5-8 is speaking to me right now. Recommend this if you are getting caught up in trying to meet expectations of men. God is good!— Philip Humber (@Philip_Humber) March 23, 2012
First bible study of the new season.So thankful for a family of believers within our baseball family.#blessed— Philip Humber (@Philip_Humber) February 28, 2012
Frankly, Humber had a hard baseball career until the White Sox picked him up last year, and he hasn't had enough of a high profile to draw the attention of usual Christian athlete media like BP Sports and Sports Spectrum. But journalist J.C. Derrick apparently had a short profile ready to roll, and World magazine published it this afternoon.
"For so long, I was trying to make it about me," Humber told Derrick. "I was going to make it happen because of how hard I was working. … But because of the road I took, I couldn’t deny the fact that it was God doing it, that God had a plan. ... . Wherever we’re at, whatever we’re doing, that God will be glorified in what we’re doing. And he can be glorified in our low moments or in our best moments."
Christianity Today recently covered Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, and other Christian athletes--and journalists' new interest in their faith.