“Andy Phillips and the 800-pound Magilla Gorilla in the playroom?” writes Repoz, who passes along the following item from the Pensacola News Journal :
“I accepted Christ at 7 years old,” Phillips said. He said he was watching Walt Disney’s Scrooge McDuck on television and was inspired by the transformation Scrooge went through.
“That clicked for me,” he said.
He said that without God, he may have continued to play the way he did during his freshman year at the University of Alabama.
“I was absolutely the worst baseball player you had seen in your life,” he said. “I thought about hanging it up.”
He said that during the next summer, he prayed and read the Bible.
“I completely surrendered,” he said. “I said, ‘If you don’t want me to play, I will never play another game.’ “
From then on, his game was a success. But he insists he would give up his career for his religion.
“I would trade my uniform in tomorrow,” he said. “I would trade my rings — everything today if it meant changing my relationship with Christ.”