As the MLB season nears its midpoint, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to battle for the top of the NL Central and a return to the postseason in October. One of the players leading the Pirates is five-time MLB All-Star and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.
Before McCutchen had established himself as one of the best outfielders in baseball, however, he struggled to reach the Big Leagues. In 2007, after his first Spring Training, his manager told him he wasn’t ready for the MLB — something that came as a shock to McCutchen at the time.
In the video (featured above) from “The Increase Stories,” McCutchen talks about how through that experience, and the rest of his MLB career, he learned to surrender his baseball career to God. He realized that he wasn’t in control of his own life — only God was.
“It got to a point where I got on my knees,” McCutchen says in the video. “I told God, ‘I submit. I give it to You. I know baseball doesn’t rule me. And I want you to know that if I didn’t have baseball, I know that I would still have You.'”