Ben Zobrist: Major League Believer

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra | October 18, 2016


In two of the last three Chicago Cubs games, Ben Zobrist has hit a late double to spark a rally. The first—against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning—helped the Cubs win the National League Division Series. The second—against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth—led off an inning that would end with a game-clinching grand slam and a 1–0 lead in the National League Championship. 

Zobrist is a key player on a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908. The young team won 103 regular season games, its most wins in 106 years and more than any other team in the Major Leagues. Most of the players are on multi-year contracts like Zobrist ($56 million over four years), igniting hopes among Cubs fans that they’ll be even better next year.

But for Zobrist, the utility player hired fresh off his World Series victory last year with the Kansas City Royals, it isn’t all about the win. It isn’t even all about the game.

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Photo by Arturo Pardavila III

“Ben gets it,” says his pastor of 10 years, Byron Yawn. He leads Community Bible Church in Nashville. 

“He understands redemption and has a great grasp on what’s important in life. His greatest joys are at home with his…


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