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Champions of Faith 2

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This is a sequel to the bestselling and original Champions of Faith DVD.

Champions of Faith - The Bases of Life is an intimate look inside the Faith, Prayer and Sacramental Lives of some of Baseball's biggest stars. This DVD takes up where the first DVD left off and includes extended interviews with the stars of the first DVD.

Sports activities are the number one extracurricular activity among today's young people. The industry of sports attracts millions of viewers each year and has become a multi-billion dollar business. The once innocent and heroic form of leisure activity is now marked by the scandals of talented athletes who fall short of heroic accolades. In many instances, our favorite sports have been hijacked by steroid abuse, sexual immorality, and illegal activity and in the seediest of cases, murder.

The Champions of Faith DVDs are groundbreaking films that showcases the intersection of sports and faith in Major League Baseball by profiling many of the most accomplished and devout figures in the game both on and off the field. Major League baseball champions Mike Piazza, David Eckstein, Jeff Suppan, Mike Sweeney, Jack McKeon and Rich Donnelly lead an All-Star line-up in this moving and uplifting sports special that tells the story of faith in baseball like no other film ever made.

Shot in breath-taking Hi-def video and set to a rousing musical score and soundtrack featuring Grammy Award-winning Third Day and legendary recording artist Bob Dylan, Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition serves to humanize some of the most celebrated and accomplished ballplayers of our time and restore the “sports hero” to its proper place in the American culture. You will laugh, cry, stand, cheer and be awed by the captivating personal stories captured in these interviews and the thrilling game highlights provided by Major League Baseball Productions. This inaugural production of Catholic Exchange's new film & video division provides some of the big­gest names in our national pastime with a unique forum to discuss faith, family, teamwork, sac­rifice, leadership, humility and the many virtues and spiritual lessons they have learned from the game.

The players, coaches, and managers interviewed for this project and featured in this film include Mike Piazza, David Eckstein, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Suppan, Jack McKeon, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Sean Casey, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Lance Berkman, Tim Salmon, Juan Pierre, Mark Prior, Carlos Beltran, Ozzie Guillen, A.J. Pierzynski, Chris Speier, Rich Donnelly, Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar Jr., and former player Darrell Miller. Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition provides an emotionally powerful, action-packed glimpse into what makes a baseball player – and a human being – great.

Reviews:

“Champions of Faith is a splendid documentary. It is deeply moving to see these baseball players,
including future Hall of Famers, All-Stars, players and managers, demonstrate how their
professional success has been accompanied by a deep love of their Catholic faith,
a faith that they strive to live out everyday. This film is a powerful instrument of evangelization,
and it is my hope that it will reach many people with its inspiring message.”

- Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York

 

 

 

 

"This film is a unique intersection of Catholicism and culture that highlights the importance
of discussions of faith in the public arena. I was very impressed that these men who are
so successful in the world of sports not only attribute their achievements to their faith but
also make clear that without faith in God their success would be hollow. This entertaining
and moving film
breaks new ground in giving cultural icons an opportunity to be part of a
high quality film
and at the same time to speak lovingly of Jesus Christ and how their
spiritual lives have enriched their professional careers. This is a prime example of what
the Church needs to be doing to reach people where they are. It is a beautiful
expression of evangelization through media."

- Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

 

“The story just unfolded so velvety and every piece was great and very inspiring .
There's many times I was in tears just from the emotion of it - from everybody's story.
I've had some great moments in my life but being part of this and being able
to tell people about my story is one of my proudest moments.

- Mike Piazza, Designated Hitter for the Oakland A's, 12-time All-Star

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