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Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition is a new and groundbreaking film that focuses on the intersection of sports and faith by showcasing how some of Major League Baseball s biggest stars are shaped and uplifted by their religious beliefs. This powerful sports special profiles many of the most accomplished and devout figures in the game, both on and off the field. It features inspiring stories, thrilling game highlights and deeply personal interviews with modern-day heroes whose careers have been strengthened and magnified by their faith in God. The DVD provides some of baseball s best with a unique platform to discuss faith, family, teamwork, sacrifice, leadership, humility and the many virtues and spiritual lessons they have learned from our national pastime. Among the featured players and coaches are Mike Piazza, David Eckstein, Jeff Suppan, Tom Glavine, Mike Sweeney, Sean Casey, Ivan Rodriguez, Rich Donnelly, Jack McKeon, Jim Leyland, Craig Biggio, Juan Pierre, Sandy Alomar Jr., Mike Scioscia, Chris Speier, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, and many others. Champions of Faith redefines the modern-day hero and is sure to thrill and inspire you from beginning to end.

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"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." --Cardinal Justin Rigali of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Champions of Faith succeeds in uplifting young people with the stories of authentic and admirable baseball heroes who are totally open in revealing the role religious faith plays in their lives as Christians. This engaging production ought to be shared and discussed with youths in schools, religious education classes and team meetings. To me, it's a nine-inning faith classic! --Bishop Ignatius Catanello, Auxiliary Bishop Diocese of Brooklyn

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Piazza, Ozzie Guillen, Sean Casey, Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Pierre
  • Directors: John Morales
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Catholic Exchange
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0979236304
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Catholic and love baseball?
Karen J. Dalton
The best part of the film for me is the great devotion and faith that comes from these highly successful athletes.
Dana M. Mier
I loved every minute of this movie.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I was blown away by this video. I was not sure what to expect. Baseball and Faith? I'm not a huge baseball fan (hubby is), but I do know many of these names listed on the video.

I was captivated. The hour flew by, and I was entranced. I loved every minute of this movie. Baseball stars - but you see them as real, struggling, human beings...the same as we all are. It was so easy to resonate with their stories - their ups and downs.

Kids need excellent role models and heroes to look up to. No need to look further than this video.

Adults need excellent reminders that we are all human, that we all fail, and that all that matters is our (struggling) faith in God. A thousand years from now, all that matters is our relationship with God today.

Talk about an excellent gift for Dads for Father's Day; for graduates from college, high school, middle school, ok - any age!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Father of Ten on May 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Get goosebumps!

We tend to compartmentalize our lives. We see sports as one thing, our faith as another, family stuff as another, our job as another, school as another and so on.

This video shows the integrity of professional athletes who are striving to live lives of faith as pro baseball players and connect the dots for us and our children. It doesn't pretend to make these men out as saints, but as men who "get it" and see that their sports performance is just one part of the big picture.

And it is well done. Not too heavy-handed or maudlin. Good for family viewing, for schools, for coaches, and even for Sunday School! Awesome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James M. Sinacore on June 26, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a fabulous video! Major figures in baseball describe how their lives are enriched by living their faith. I bought this video to show the boy's youth group at my parish. I recommend it to anyone who wants to help young people (as well as older folks) form a strong faith connection. Champions of faith is a great video that counters the rhetoric that works to eliminate matters of faith from everyday life. This video has my highest recommendation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BookerMom on January 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Our high school youth group watched this DVD and it generated a huge discussion about faith and how we, as Catholics, are called to live out our faith. It's a real blessing to be able to share this type of spiritual witness with kids. The players' faith was genuine and sincere. They showed the kids that even with a very strong faith they're still not perfect and need encouragement and prayer every day. Mike Sweeney's story about how long it took for him to ask forgiveness was especially moving. This video would be great even for non-Catholics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V.L.N. on July 19, 2007
Format: DVD
As a mother of two sons who LOVE baseball (and the St. Louis Cardinals!), this Video was very inspiring. Showing our young people that a Hero is someone who walks daily with our Heavenly Father and gives HIM the glory for their accomplishments and talents is SO refreshing! This Video shows our human weakness and sinfulness as well as God's redeeming grace for the forgiveness of our sins and those around us. What a blessing for any and every family! Regardless of age or love of sports, you'll love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shirley A. Mudd on October 18, 2007
Format: DVD
I first saw this DVD reviewed in Our Sunday Visitor and ordered from the website given in that article. It seems that this is a trailblazing DVD because it is appearing everywhere I look. This Champions of Faith - Baseball Edition is so well done that it grips you from the very beginning. I have always been a baseball fan, and I have always been a Catholic. I am glad that this DVD is shown from the Catholic faith standard. It is so touching that tears easily flow with the stories of these players who are not afraid to share their faith journey with others. It is wonderful. I have donated copies to two schools and will buy more to give away.
Shirley Mudd
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Kustner on October 17, 2007
Format: DVD
I thought it was great to hear prime-time athletes share their stories of struggles and triumphs with regards to their Catholic faith. The production values were high and there were some great stories in the DVD. The kids like the chance to see sports highlights, but these really set the table for testimonies from the athletes.

We liked it so much we bought extra copies of the DVD and have given them away. It would be great to see something like this with pro football players, but one wonders if the NFL would let anyone use their footage (brief as it might be) the way MLB allowed baseball footage to be used in this video.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen J. Dalton on October 16, 2007
Format: DVD
Our entire family, including our 9 year old daughter who doesn't care for baseball but gets stuck watching a whole lot of it, loved this DVD. We laughed, cried and talked about it's message for quite awhile and wish it were in the hands of every family in America. Catholic and love baseball? This is a MUST. Marginal on either front? You won't be after viewing this incredibly well made documentary. We've watched it several more times and get more out of it each time. 'The Chicken runs at midnight' in particular gets all of us going. Worth every penny!!
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