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The Inspirational Sports Report: Lance Berkman, Josh Hamilton highlight All-Star teams; Ragan wins first Sprint Cup race

posted by Chad Bonham

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Happy Fourth of July to all the Inspiring Athletes readers out there! I trust you are having a blessed and safe holiday weekend with your friends and family. There was plenty of sports action last week but here are a couple of things that caught my eye:

Lance Berkman and Josh Hamilton among All-Star Game starters

On Sunday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz., and both include several notable Christian athletes headlined by National League starter Lance Berkman (St. Louis Cardinals) and American League starter Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers).

Others to make the July 12th classic include N.L., pitchers Cliff Lee (Philadelphia Phillies), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers), Brian Wilson (San Francisco Giants) and Heath Bell (San Diego Padres); N.L., starting second baseman Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee Brewers); N.L., reserves Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies), Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals) and Carlos Beltran (New York Mets); A.L., starting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez; and A.L., pitcher Mariano Rivera (New York Yankees).

Click here for complete American and National League All-Star rosters.

David Ragan snags first career Sprint Cup victory in Daytona

Roush-Fenway Racing driver David Ragan picked up his first career Sprint Cup victory at the Coke ZERO 400 in Daytona over the weekend. Driving in the #6 UPS Ford, Ragan held off a charging field amid two green-white-checkered starts.

Ragan came into NASCAR’s elite level with high expectations after winning the 2007 Nationwide (then Busch) Series Rookie of the Year award. Throughout the four-and-a-half-year drought, the Unadilla, Georgia, native always kept the faith. For more on that story, click here to read the Inspiring Athletes interview with Ragan.

  • mdrony

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  • Chad Bonham

    Thanks guys! I try to stay on top of these things but sometimes newer players slip through the cracks. The list turned out to be a lot longer than I originally thought and there might be some more on there that I still don’t know about.

    Make sure to check out all the past MLB interviews I’ve posted (Andy Pettitte, Lance Berkman, Justin Masterson, Clint Hurdle, Albert Pujols, Denard Span, Matt Diaz, Torii Hunter and Zach Duke).

    And be looking for more in the near future (Brian Roberts, Matt Capps, and others).

  • chris page

    Hi Chad,

    Thanks for this article. It helps me know who to cheer for! I also found a video interview of Rickie Weeks. Check it out and see if you want to add him to the list of believers in this game!

    Thanks again

  • Rena Ball

    Thanks. Here’s some about Wilson and others from last year’s World Series: . Here’s an article about Bell, Gonzalez, and other Padres from last season: .

  • Chad Bonham

    Thanks for the info Rena! I forgot about Adrian, but didn’t know about Heath and Brian. I’ll add them to the story.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rena Ball

    Am I reading this right that Cliff Lee is a Christian? That would be awesome. Other Christians on the All-Star team that I know of include Adrian Gonzalez, Heath Bell, and Brian Wilson.

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