ARLINGTON, TX – Texas Ranger slugger Josh Hamilton announced he will join the priesthood after the World Series.
Texas Ranger fans were surprised to learn that Josh Hamilton, the MVP of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, has decided to end his career in baseball after the world series and join the priesthood.
“I will have achieved all I wanted after we win the world series, I have come to the end of my baseball career. I now want to dedicate myself fully to the Lord.”
Hamilton, who is not Catholic, but is a devout and passionate Christian decided that in order to surrender fully to the Lord, he should join the priesthood. Hamilton’s wife, Katie fully supports Hamilton’s decision. His three daughters also support him in his desire to give himself fully to his Christianity.
“I became the best player in Major League Baseball, not because of my talent, but because of the Lord and the talented teammates I was blessed to have around me. It’s not about me. I am second.”
Hamilton did ask to be traded to the Los Angeles Angels first, because he thought that the Angels seemed like a good fit for his talent and his passion for religion, but the trade would not go through and he called up Pope Benedict and asked if he could be part of his team. The Pope told Hamilton, “we have room on our roster.”
The Pope announced that Hamilton, as a priest, will be playing for the Vatican Softball team. “We like him as the clean-up batter, but we may put him up first, because he can get more at bats,” said Cardinal Fiori, the coach of the Vatican team.
On Novermber 1, Josh will enter a Jesuit seminary in Illinois. He’s hoping that his teammates will follow him. He even asked Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez to join him. A-Rod had this to say, “I would join the priesthood, but I’ve already dedicated myself to women and my mirror.” Oh well…
Here’s the video that got Josh thinking about the priesthood.