Ben Zobrist and the Chicago Cubs just won the World Series. You may always remember his game-changing tenth inning RBI, but you may not know that he is an unapologetic and devout follower of Christ.
“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 a 2013 gathering of 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.”
Last year, Zobrist won a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals, and this year he did it again with the Cubs. He was named MVP for his heroics.
The 35-year-old Zobrist started every game in the World Series and although he is listed as a second basemen, he has played five positions for the Cubs this year and seven of the nine defensive positions since his first Major League Baseball game in 2006.
Zobrist’s father is Tom Zobrist, the senior pastor at Liberty Bible Church in Eureka, Illinois.
His wife, Julianna Zobrist, is a Christian music artist, and Zobrist uses her song “Alive” as his walk-up song (see below).
The couple has written a book together about their Christian faith and career journeys titled Playing With Purpose.
“The biggest thing is, I’m still learning,” said Zobrist. “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.”