Big Changes!

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that my website is undergoing major changes. I’ll have my entire new site up with video, links and everything you need to know coming so soon.

So many new things are in the works, and I’m excited to move forward…

See you very very soon! 

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TIME FOR BASEBALL! Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects — wanted to reblog, here:

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As yesterday’s top farm systems list, Keith Law’s annual Top 100 Prospects list also on ESPN’s Insider so, sorry, you gotta pay to see it all. But it’s also one of the annual must-reads in all of baseball, so not linking it would be bloggy malpractice.

The top: The Rangers’ Jurickson Profar. Number 100: The Orioles’ Eduardo Rodriguez. In between: 98 other dudes, all with Law’s assessment of them.

Nowhere on the list is Andy Marte. Which, frankly, is kind of a bummer. I think he’s about ready.

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Start of something new…

Helloooooo and happy new year to everyone!

It’s only January 4th and I’ve already learned so much. I hope everyone has written down their personal goals for the year. Because if you’re not getting better… what are you doing?

It’s been about a month since I’ve written, and I honestly have a thousand things to say about the end of 2011: Heisman, Christmas, Bowl Game, my family… But first things first – I am moving to New York City in NINE DAYS! I’m participating in a Communications program through Baylor where we (me and about 15 other students) intern, study and live in NYC as we wrap up our final semester of college.

I’ll be working at Madison Square Garden in the Communications/Networks department. When I sit and really think about that, my eyes get wide and the whole thing seems surreal. I follow the God who ordains my steps, and He’s given me such an incredible opportunity.

I am steady compiling a list of things I must visit while I’m in New York: Cooperstown, Statue of Liberty, visiting Ground Zero, Hillsong Church, find the only Chick-fil-A in NYU, etc. Feel free to add destinations to my list… I’ll send you a picture when I go!

Hopefully y’all will enjoy seeing the city through my eyes for a couple of months. I’ll be dedicated to updating… Promise! I may try updating by video… That could be fun, right?

Luke 12:34-35: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Be dressed and ready for service, and keep your lamps burning…”

NTC Superuser Spotlight

Sooooo… Being in contact with the fabulous women of Nike is definitely the highlight of my week. Working out and being an athlete is something I’m thankful for and always working at, and most importantly, something that should never be taken for granted. Here’s a little Q&A with the Nike Women! NTC Superuser Spotlight

Go check out their Facebook page, too!

Stay inspired!

Summer recap…

Guys, it really has been a while… I’ve been busy soaking up EVERY minute of my last semester here at Baylor. Here’s our minute to step out of the moment and recap the past few months of summer.

I spent my summer months interning with CBS 11/TXA 21 sports in DFW. I was able to spend time around some of DFW’s most familiar sportscasting faces, during a very special time in our town. I was able to enjoy the Maverick’s world championship win and parade, spend time with the Texas Rangers, attend the celebrity home run derby in Frisco, join Steve Dennis and Babe Laufenburg live during a show, (they had fun with that), take stadium tours, run around the Byron Nelson like I somehow belonged there… and so much more.

The sports producers, anchors and photographers invested their precious time in me and I’m thankful for the days they spent with me. I’m constantly asking questions and trying to get my hands on something – they call me the ‘go-getter’ – and the producers entrusted me with opportunities to contribute.

Every day, I had a blissful hour-long drive both ways from the station. I obviously had time to myself to think, pray and dream about the millions of things going on in different areas of my life. I want to say that my internship experience gave me the perfect, crystal clear picture of what I want my life to look like; for a while, it did. But somehow through the long hours of working, driving, losing sleep and gaining understanding of the world I’m about to dive into, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

My life – our lives – have purpose to it. Our careers and occupations are not the purpose, they are the platform. As much as I love sitting in the dugout to watch three hours of pre-game warmups with the Rangers, that isn’t the reason I’m here on this earth.

Being around sports is what I want to spend my life doing – but it is my platform for actually living. I’m 1000% positive that I’m called to serve, encourage and show love to the people placed in my life. That’s why I’m here, that’s why I’m living. I’m just so thankful that there’s something as beautiful and riveting as athletics that I get to enjoy as I live it all out!

1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of [us] should use whatever gift [we] have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

As excited I am to chase my dreams… It’s ultimately not about me! I’m extremely thankful for solitude summer nights and time with my family to knock everything into perspective these past few months. Prioritizing is so vital to living a balanced life, and this is where I want to stay.

Hope you guys are doing wonderful, wherever you are in your life. If things don’t seem right, put yourself last, and everything will fall into place.

“Little league letdown”

When I saw this excellent, touching piece by Jay Shapiro on the SportsCenter rundown this morning, I couldn’t hold back my tears. The following four times I watched it throughout the day, I still couldn’t hold back tears.

What a precious glimpse of such a country full of filthy feet and pure passions. We hear about this all the time as Americans: We take things for granted. We are selfish. We want instant gratification. Let this video tell you the same thing, but through genuine sweet words from barefoot Ugandan boys who love baseball.

Across the world, with less than nothing, you hear them say,

“We don’t want anyone to feel bad for Africa. We just want them to encourage us.”

Watch the video and open your heart to them… Don’t be afraid to be moved… moved by young baseball players who deserve to play in America, but refuse to give up on their homeland…

Click here! >> Take me to ESPN to see this amazing video

Run with a purpose

I’m one of those people… I love running. It’s a grind time I’m never gonna regret spending… It’s time to feel the sweat and pain when no one else in the world knows you are. On a run with my dad this summer when we were pushing up a hill in the sweltering heat, he said “Bear, you can’t shine if don’t enjoy the grind.”

Those are good things. But I fear for the people who run without purpose. People who run from things, run in circles, or run alongside fear and ultimately, destruction.

Something I really enjoy is customizing my shoes to fit my needs. Because we all know the feeling when we get on a path of life we aren’t familiar with – we look down at our feet, unsure, uncertain, looking for a wave of hope to carry us in the right direction. Hey, we’re human. It never hurts to have sweet reminders. Here’s mine:

When I look down at my feet, here’s what I’ll see:
John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Spending 10 days in Colorado is MORE than enough to make one wish to stay, for good. My reason for being there was baseball – go figure – and watching my dad coach/brother win on a national platform made it that much sweeter.

The Dallas Patriots went 8-0 straight through the Triple Crown tournament. My mom, sister and I cheered through never-ending innings in mile-high altitude. The entire week of competition flashed before our eyes when we saw the guys gather in the middle of the field to celebrate the championship…

Reppin' it

12-0 Win

To merely say we enjoyed our time in Colorado would be miserably understated. It’s such a soulful, free-spirited place. Tucked between the mountains, a hidden gem on the map, almost nearing the border of Wyoming, a piece of my heart remains. Here’s a few from our trip:

We landed in Denver instead of directly entering SS, so we could enjoy the drive

Walking around town... Do I look like a local?

I remember standing here with Romans 1:20 replaying in my mind: "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

Team time... Giving thanks for all the talent and the win

With my sister before the championship game

CBS Sports Network pre-game broadcast

Mom, Ryan, Dad with the trophy

Tay, Ry, Me

On top of the world with my dad

FM Light store - pure bliss!

Ryan