Colorado Rockies Only Hire Players Who Are Born-Again Christians

I’m not a baseball fan, but I will be rooting against the Rockies in the World Series this year:

“We truly do have something going on here. And God’s using us in a powerful way.”
— Keli McGregor, club president

In a remarkable article from Wednesday’s USA Today [June 2, 2006], the Colorado Rockies went public with the news that the organization has been explicitly looking for players with “character.” And according to the Tribe of Coors, “character” means accepting Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior. “We’re nervous, to be honest with you,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “It’s the first time we ever talked about these issues publicly. The last thing we want to do is offend anyone because of our beliefs.” When people are nervous that they will offend you with their beliefs, it’s usually because their beliefs are offensive.

Club president Keli McGregor said, “[We] truly do have something going on here. And [God’s] using us in a powerful way.”

One ex-player said team officials inspected the lockers to ensure players weren’t hiding “Playboy” magazines or other immoral contraband on the premises.

League of Fans, Ralph Nader related resource, reports that the Rockies received a $161 million subsidy from Colorado taxpayers to build Coors Field, which opened in 1995. It’s doubtful those taxpayers knew they were supporting a private organization whose membership would be restricted to Christian extremists.

55 Comments

  • Randy Galloway
    October 25, 2007 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Oh, by the way…

    GO SOX!

  • FU Father Eisenman
    October 25, 2007 - 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Because they are Christians and they are holding themselves to a higher standard of living…so lets try and hire employees that agree to the same thing. They ARE NOT demanding you convert or get fired. They jsut ask you to live by a Code of Conduct.

    Just like Jim Baker, Tammy Faye (rip), Jim Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Richard Roberts. Yep, live by a code of conduct. Bull S**t. You do not have to be a Christian to have a code of conduct.

  • Madison
    October 25, 2007 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Christians are generally less intelligent than other people so I can’t see how purposefully making a majority of your team Christians is a good business move.

    Christians believe they are more moral than the general population but the statistics don’t bear that out. Even among evangelicals there’s a whole lotta sinnin’ goin’ on.

    The main thing is this: if they want to start a Christian baseball league, they should but they won’t because it would be as half-assed and meagerly popular as Christian movies, Christian radio, Christian music and the rest.

    But it was poor judgment — a very bad business decision — to bring their religion into the team, and this mistake should be publicized so that Rockies fans, and the public officials in Denver, are aware of it the next time the team comes around for a taxpayer hand out.

    The other piece that’s disturbing is that the Coors family has a record of neo-fascistic, racist, homophobic rightwing conservatism. That’s bad for business too which why the beer-maker’s new owners have distanced themselves as much as possible from it. They can’t be happy about this because it reminds the public of the Coors of the bad old days.

  • This is out of Context...
    October 25, 2007 - 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but this story was debunked over a year ago:

    [Link]

  • This is out of Context...
    October 25, 2007 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Not to mention your Nation article is over a year old too.

  • JW Brewski
    October 25, 2007 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    Where did you clueless imbeciles get born again christian from this article? Do you actually read before you spew your intolerant shit against christians? This article is bullshit written to make fun of people that take it seriously. The Red Sox were stupid enough to sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees for cryingout loud. Why root for them?

  • The Pope
    October 25, 2007 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Hey Madison, I know you’re only twelve, but do you know any Christians? Or did you just get your comments out of your “How to be a left-wing moonbat, for dummies” book? I am a buddhist and I believe you are going to be reincarnated as chair seat. You’ll spend all day having close contact with assholes

  • October 26, 2007 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    Being called intolerant by Christians is rich.

    And, JW, the story says:

    the Colorado Rockies went public with the news that the organization has been explicitly looking for players with “character.” And according to the Tribe of Coors, “character” means accepting Jesus Christ as your personal lord and savior.

    If you knew anything about the evangelical style of Protestantism, you’d know that accepting Jesus is the foundational act of being born again. The minute you accept him in this way, you are born again. (And then you’re eligible to receive grape juice and a cracker at communion.)

    Out of Context: The Denver paper’s story from the day after the USA Today revelations was obviously spin. The team owners sent alternative voices out to talk to a local reporter in order to try to walk back a bad-for-business negative story. The dead-on clue about this is the fact that no one quoted in the USA Today story denied they’d made those quotes.

  • PT
    October 26, 2007 - 10:55 am | Permalink

    You cited the wrong date for the USA Today article. It was in the May 31, 2006 edition.

  • Leftside Annie
    October 26, 2007 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Good grief. I’m so sick of these intolerant bigots who LOUDLY call themselves “Christians.”

    Feh.

  • jaybee
    October 26, 2007 - 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Easy now……….I have met a lot of Christians who are just excellent people. Christianity is a very diverse group of sects within the umbrella namesake. A lot of them are liberal and compassionate. Some actually try and live the idea of a “Christ”.Personally I hope the human race can get to the point where religion becomes redundant.

  • JW Brewski
    October 26, 2007 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m loudly making it known that I am not a Christian, and you are still intolerant. Christians are the only group that it is politically correct for the left to attack and ridicule. So, with all that pent up feeling from having to pretend that you are so accepting and understanding of every lifestyle, you jump at the flimsiest excuse to label all Christians as bigots or point out flaws in a few as being present in the whole group. You are over zealous in your condemnation and both the author of the article and the original poster jump to hasty conclusions in order to quickly vent their bile. Again, I am not a Christian, I am actually a Mithraic, but the left’s denunciation of christianity and the fervor of it is interesting to me.

  • Big Daddy
    October 26, 2007 - 8:15 pm | Permalink

    If you want to win, go after smart animals. If you want to lose go after altar boys and have the animals kick the crap out of them.

  • October 27, 2007 - 7:42 am | Permalink

    JW Brewski –

    You are mistaken if you believe liberals are tolerant of bigotry. Just as we’re intolerant of the KKK (which is a WASP terrorist organization), some of us are intolerant of Christianity, which has devolved into a haven for haters. If those who think of themselves as “good Christians” don’t like it, they should drive out the bad eggs, but since Christian groups use homophobia to raise hundreds of millions of dollars (and that’s just the Protestants), I doubt it will change anytime soon.

    I’m also intolerant of Republicans and the conservative movement in general, as well as terrorists, communists, people who hurt children or animals, spouse abusers, fascists, stupid people, Wal-Mart, China, Iranian mullahs. I could go on and on.

    Semantically, I’m intolerant of Christian haters but I am not bigoted toward them since, technically, bigotry is a byproduct of ignorance and fear. I’m probably better versed in what the Bible says and, especially as regards the New Testament, the history of when and how it was written, than most sheeple. I do fear Christianity a bit in the sense that I believe that if Christian nationalists prevail, America will become a theocracy and the world will suffer. But that does not seem likely at this point, thank Mithras.

  • AG Silver
    October 27, 2007 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    I am a Jew, a Yankee fan and will be proud to see Boston win in 4! The better than everyone else, fake Christians need to go back and actually read the Bible, obey the Noahide Laws and stop bothering everyone else with their narrow minded BS that is supposed to be holy. Jesus would be ashamed with the “character” issues raised by those who claim to follow his words. GO SOX

  • Gary
    October 28, 2007 - 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the Rockies would be better off playing the House of David baseball teams, you know, the guys with the white beards.

  • Jane
    October 29, 2007 - 3:06 am | Permalink

    Based on the Rockies being swept by the Red Sox JESUS HAS LEFT THE CLUBHOUSE!!

  • This is out of Context...
    October 29, 2007 - 8:28 am | Permalink

    What about Kurt Schilling?
    He’s a christian Bushbot, but you Red Sox fanboys seem to have very conviently forgotten that:

    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2

  • goat666
    October 29, 2007 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    If they’re so Christian like Bush they’ll find a war to start or something.

  • Baseball sucks anyway, why do you care?
    October 29, 2007 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    The irony of the left;

    Drugs are readily available in schools. Parents are quiet. Boys take advantage of immature girls and have sex in classrooms, Parents are quiet. Music with misogynistic, bigoted and hateful lyrics is freely heard and exchanged, Parents are quiet. Students pay more attention to cell phones and text messages than the teachers, Parents are quiet.
    But Gaia forbid someone wants to let kids pray silently before class, and than parents rear up, organize marches and clamor and cry all the way through to the Supreme Court if necessary, great priorities, huh?

  • jANE
    October 29, 2007 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    quote:

    “What about Kurt Schilling?
    He’s a christian Bushbot, but you Red Sox fanboys seem to have very conviently forgotten that”

    AT LEAST SCHILLING DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO FORCE HIS BELIEFS ON HIS TEAM MATES LIKE THE ROCKIES MANAGEMENT HAS! BTW KEVIN YOUKILIS IS JEWISH!!

  • Logic Rules
    October 30, 2007 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Just heard this distressing fact about the Rockies on “Countdown” the other night. All I can say is: more proof of the fallacy of religion. And after last night’s football game, one can assume the Broncos are also born-again. (Or lose-again?)
    Hooray!

  • Logic, my ass!
    October 30, 2007 - 7:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s amazing how ready and eager people are to believe a fallacy like this. Next thing you know it will be taken at face value that the Rockies dance naked and drink the blood of little children before games. They force anyone who’s not circumcised to do the job with an old plastic picnic knife. After they lost the series to the Red Sox, they had to flaggellate themselves with baseball cleats, and then roll around on astro-turf. You guys will be great when the Anti-Christ comes around, He’ll be able to spend more time trying to bs those who think for themselves.

  • Jane
    October 31, 2007 - 12:26 am | Permalink

    The anti-Christ is ALREADY HERE and you can find him in Washington DC. He’s already started the job on bsing those who think for themselves for almost 8 years!

  • November 13, 2007 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

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