Jeremy Affeldt, winning pitcher of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, also has three additional championships on his resume. (Reuters)
Giants fans flocked to downtown San Francisco Friday. They converged to celebrate their team’s third Major League Baseball World Series title in five years, an unlikely championship run that was capped by a storybook 3-2 game-seven win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Adorned in orange and black (not for Halloween but because those are the Giants’ colors), the crowd cheered series MVP Madison Bumgarner, slugger Pablo Sandoval, Wednesday’s winning pitcher, Jeremy Affeldt, and the entire team.
For Affeldt, the 2014 World Series was his fourth (three with San Francisco and one with Colorado). That’s the stuff childhood dreams are made of. The affable Affeldt welcomed the celebration and joined his teammates as they rode down Market Street to thank the fans for their support. That’s the glitter and glitz that comes with success. But there is more to Affeldt’s story.
A tattoo on Affeldt’s left forearm gives a clue. It reads, “No man shall live for himself.” A follower of Christ, Affeldt relishes the opportunities to appear in and win so many World Series games. He understands that as a major league baseball player he has a big platform. His childhood dreams are being fulfilled. But he has bigger dreams. And those are coming true too.
“I do feel grateful to have been part of so many championships. But success wasn’t given to me so I could have a big head or say, ‘Look at me I am a world champ,'” Affeldt told CharismaNews in an interview following the 2012 World Series win. “The more I succeed on the field, the more I want to stand even closer to the throne of God. I can do more. I can increase and ask God, ‘How can I help people through my successes.'”
Written by Steven Lawson
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