I was out of the country when this story was published, so I’m a bit behind in mentioning it.
It’s a Father’s Day feature by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Chris Woodward, manager of my beloved Texas Rangers.
The headline certainly grabbed me:
How fatherhood and adoption helped deepen Rangers manager Chris Woodward’s faith
And the lede offers definite potential:
Chris Woodward didn’t need a wake-up call or come to Jesus moment.
He was already living a life of purpose and passion.
The Texas Rangers manager was an infield prospect in the Blue Jays’ organization in the late 1990s despite the long odds of being selected in the 54th round of the 1994 draft.
Just as his baseball career was taking root, however, he was dealt a deeply personal blow that shook his world.
At just 21-years-old, Woodward had to deal with the death of his father. His faith was tested.
“He tried to reason his faith and faith doesn’t work like that,” said Erin Woodward, Chris’ wife.
But here’s the frustrating part: The Star-Telegram never really moves beyond vague references to faith and God.