Pittsburgh Pirates star and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch on Aug. 2. Ordinarily, that might not even have been a note in the game story the following day. But it involved what baseball calls a “retaliatory” pitch and, the most important aspect of this situation...

    Our third issue of the summer is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view. We release two digital issues between each print issue, totaling 12 issues a year and three issues per season. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine, subscribe HERE. This issue includes exclusive feature stories on Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin and his unorthodox journey to Major League Soccer, and Baylor University head football coach Art Briles and his journey of God-discovery in the midst of tragedy and despair. Our closeups include 30-year anniversary stories on former LPGA star Betsy King and former NFL player Rosey Grier. In our editorials, columnists Brett Honeycutt, Stephen Copeland and Bryce Johnson address a variety of issues.

    Former college basketball coach Bob Knight, one of my favorite coaches of all time, is known for his aggressive style of coaching and intimidation techniques he would use on his players. He would oftentimes kick his players out of practice if they were not living up to his demands...

    A couple of years ago, my husband, Luke, tried out for the USA Pan-Am basketball team. After a great tryout, the coaches told him that he and another player were the same type of player, so they were choosing to release Luke from the team. When Luke asked what he could have done to make the outcome different, they replied, “It’s like having a car in blue and green. If you’re the blue car, we just chose the green car...”

    Late in one game during a June 2014 home series with the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos drifted back to catch a fly ball near the warning track. It was the final out of the inning. Then Bourjos, like many outfielders have done before him, ran toward the left center field bleachers, pointed toward a bespectacled little boy on the front row, and tossed him the ball...

    Switchfoot’s lead singer Jon Foreman and drummer Chad Butler say that their favorite thing about surfing is feeling small again in the ocean—leaving their problems on the shore, getting lost in the ocean’s infinite magnitude, and sometimes being humiliated by its waves. This idea, feeling small, was one of the underlying things they communicated in their interview with Sports Spectrum...

    During the NFL off-season, most players spend time vacationing with their families, participating in charity golf tournaments, and renegotiating contracts. New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson does something a little different during his time away from the gridiron. In fact, a lot different! After a life changing missions trip to Haiti in the spring of 2012...