The Chicago Cubs made history last night, beating the Cleveland Indians to win their first World Series since 1908! There is not a fan alive today that has ever seen them win a World Series. In fact, the last time the team made an appearance at the World Series was 71 years ago.
That to say, it’s been a historic year for Chicago’s team, and an even bigger career for Cubs player, Ben Zobrist. In 2015, Zobrist won a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals, and just last night he was a part of baseball history with the Chicago Cubs. The outspoken Christian has continuously used his platform to proclaim the Gospel.
“We know that as a Christian athlete, people are watching, and so we want to be the best example we can be and show that we are different—that Christ has changed our lives,” Zobrist said in 2013 during an interview with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “But at the same time, I want people to know that grace is for everyone. We all need grace. We all need Christ.”
Named the 2016 World Series MVP, Zobrist has been a starting player for all seven of the World Series games between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. He is listed on the team’s roster as a second baseman, but has played five positions for the Cubs this season.
Zobrist’s walk-up song is performed by none-other than his wife and Christian singer, Julianna Zobrist. The couple released a book in 2014 called Playing With Purpose, which details their careers and faith journey.
“The biggest thing is, I’m still learning,” Zobrist said in the FCA interview, referencing his faith. “I still have a lot to learn about what the love of Christ is like—that it’s not just knowledge…but it’s allowing the truth to change you—allowing Christ’s message of grace and hope and love through the cross, that that message is the message that changes the way we look at everything in our lives.”