Some major league baseball players play only to win World Series championships. Some may want to be the MVP of their league. Some may dream of being in the Hall of Fame someday. Morgan Ensberg, who played for several seasons for the Houston Astros before going to the San Diego Padres and has often played as good as any major league player, but he says his one reason in playing is to share his faith in Jesus Christ.
Before going to the Padres this season, Ensberg led the Astros in home runs and runs batted in 2005. He hit three home runs and had one other hit in one game. Regardless of whether he has played great or had an off year, which led to him going to the Padres this season, the attitude of Ensberg has remained that God is great. Ensberg played for the Astros from 2000-2007 before going to the Padres this year.
Morgan Ensberg says the “entire reason” he plays baseball is so he “can get a chance to speak about Christ,” Whom he believes is the Son of God Who loves mankind and died for the sins of the world and rose again from the dead. He says although he has a high profile job, it isn’t better than any other job, but it does give him the chance to be before people. He says that gives him the chance to “show more people what Christ has done.”
Like every hitter in major league baseball, Morgan Ensberg has down times, as well as times of success. He says he handles the down times by making sure he is obedient to Christ. He says he is constantly praying, and he is content whatever God’s will is. He says he often pictures the face of Jesus and him telling his Savior, “Whatever you want.”
The Padre says he messes up just like everyone else, so he can understand the mistakes of others. He says to make mistakes is human nature. He says despite his failures, and the failure of others, God is always there, willing to forgive.
Morgan Ensberg says it is easy to share his faith in Christ with others, because as he has had seasons of disappointment, others have had disappointments as well. He says he understands it is scary when one has dreams and does not obtain them. He says things work out so much better for those who live for Christ.
The third baseman was successful in college before going to the big leagues. He was the only USC Trojan to hit 20 or more home runs and steal 20 or more bases in one season.
In 2005, he played for the National League All Star team and was among the league leaders in home runs, as he hit .283, hit 36 home runs, and batted in 101 RBI’s. He has 102 home runs for his career. He is a career .265 hitter.
Morgan Ensberg, who openly seeks to share his faith in Christ with others, is devoted to his faith in his private life. He reads a chapter of the Bible daily and wears a cross under his jersey during each game he plays in. He also prays every night and before games.