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R. A. Dickey has done a lot in his life; he’s been a top collegiate pitcher for the University of Tennessee, he’s pitched for Team USA in the 1996 Olympics, he’s played for four different major league ballclubs, he’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and now he’s written a book. Wherever I Wind Up is a story of overcoming obstacles, persevering and trusting God. Through all of his struggles, R.A. has found redemption and healing through Christ. Athletes write books all the time. But this one is different. Instead of only seeing the surface level that most athletes give us, we get into the mind of Robert Allen Dickey. He shares the thoughts, the worries, the doubts, and occasionally, the triumphs. “I’d trusted myself and pitched with conviction during my warm up...I was fully in the moment..."

1/3 of the MLB season is complete and I thought it would be a good time to look back at what’s happened so far in the 2012 season. Back in my season opening column I said that “Orioles fans probably still believe Cal Ripken Jr. could still help their terrible team.” I also said “Orioles fans probably think that even Tim Tebow could help their terrible team.” Oops...

This week, in the Sports Spectrum offices, Bryce Johnson, host of Sports Yapp, brought up a rant that Jim Rome did a while back about the Florida Marlins theme song by Creed. The song is atrocious. But that got us thinking about the best and worst baseball songs out there, and it made me decide that my next column should be the top 5 best and top 5 worst baseball songs ever...

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the winter of hope, it was the spring of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. There is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Arlington; there is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Los Angeles. It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and twelve. Spiritual revelations were conceded to Arlington at that favoured period, as at this. Mr. Hamilton had recently attained his eighteenth home run, of whom a prophetic private on the West Coast had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of Oakland and Seattle...

We've completed a whole month of Major League Baseball and April certainly had its memorable moments. Here are nine things we will remember from the first month of the big league season. 1. Manager's mouths Both Bobby Valentine and Ozzie Guillien found themselves in trouble by not taming their tongues... 2. Pujols’ slump Albert Pujols signed a $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, and he did not hit a home run in the entire month of April... 3. Bryce Harper’s debut This month could be remembered for watching the debut of a once-in-a-generation-type player... 4. The old guys still have it Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer and Todd Helton... 5. Brian Wilson out for season 6. Matt Kemp’s hot start 7. David Wright is back 8. D.C. Area in first place On April 30, both Baltimore and Washington were in first place in their divisions... 9. Perfection Baseball had its first perfect game of the season this month...

162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball this year... (1) For Opening Day, where everyone is 0-0 and even the Cubs can dream of a championship season. (2) For presidential first pitches. (3-4) For baseball in Japan, where two regular season games were played last week between Seattle and Oakland. (5) Because Bobby Valentine is back in baseball...

Our newest DigiMag is now available for viewing! This is our big baseball preview issue which features: A new "Airing it Out" column by Sports Spectrum editor Brett Honeycutt about Josh Hamilton; an interview with LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw; a review of MLB 12 The Show; closeup profiles on Adrian Gonzalez, Brad Lidge and Mark Teixeira; our season outlooks for all 30 MLB teams; top 10 lists for acquisitions, most interesting people, hitters, starters, relievers and young players; the top five Christians to watch this season; and a brand new "Old School" column from Aaron May about Playoffs, PED's and alcohol in the clubhouse. To read the newest DigiMag, click below:

Stanford righthander Mark Appel, a projected first round pick in the June draft, talks about his Christian faith and growing up in Houston and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Around the Net" is your source for Christian athletes in the news. Each week, we will post some of the best and most relevant stories about Christian athletes that we see from around the internet. Gary Carter Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter passed away last week, succumbing to his battle with brain cancer at the age of 57. Carter was featured in Sports Spectrum multiple times... (Read more inside) Jeremy Lin Controversy Over the weekend, ESPN Mobile published a headline with a racial slur in regards to Jeremy Lin. ESPN has fired that editor who claimed that it was an "honest mistake" and had used that headline "at least 100 times" in other headlines. The editor apologized for the headline and said he is a big fan of Lin, especially because Lin is outspoken about his Christian faith, like himself. More on the story inside... Josh Hamilton undergoing a makeover Josh Hamilton appeared on Glenn Beck TV last week in an interview with pastor Dr. James Robison to talk about his relapse with alcohol, battling demons, and how he is undergoing a makeover with the help of Christian counseling. Watch the Interview inside... Christian Athletes in the Headlines NY Mets great Gary Carter, dead after bout with brain cancer, got to say goodbye on Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball field (NY Daily News) Kevin Durant scores career high 51 points in an overtime win vs. Denver (NewsOK.com) New York Yankees sign DH/1B Raul Ibanez (MLB.com) Josh Hamilton undergoing "makeover"

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