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After Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling became the winning pitcher in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS, he was asked how he was able to persevere through excruciating pain he was experiencing in his right ankle. "It's all right," the Boston ace said. "I became a Christian 7 years ago, and I have never in my life been touched by God like I was tonight. I tried to go out and do it myself in Game 1, and you saw what happened. Tonight was God's work, no question."
Here's a quick recap of baseball's 2004 postseason. In the ALCS against the Yankees, Boston became the first team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the postseason. Then, Boston swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to win the team's first World Series title since 1918.
The Red Sox had a core of six guys who met regularly for Bible study. And Walt Day, the team chapel leader, believes that the core of Christians had an influence on their teammates. "We were getting about 15 guys in the chapel, so a majority of the guys were coming. I think some of the spiritual unity overflowed into the unity of the team."