Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Steve Cishek has revealed his secret to staying calm at those high-pressure moments on the baseball field — he keeps a Biblical reminder in his back pocket.
Cishek, a 32-year-old right-hander from Falmouth, Mass., has stashed away a laminated Bible verse every game day since 2011. The verse? Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
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Day one to have this card in my back pocket (pitching in my first game). I’ve had this very card in my pocket since 2011… It has Colossians 3:23 written out as a reminder for me so that after my warm up pitches I can slow down for a moment read it and remember who it is I am to honor and who I am thankful to for allowing me to play this game. It is a privilege after all! #gocubs #Godisgood
This profound reminder keeps Cishek steady during tense moments.
“There’s so much pressure in this game,” the pitcher told Chicago’s Daily Herald. “More than you can imagine. When you’re out there and the lights are on, your heart’s pumping, I like to slow down and read it. It helps me put everything in perspective.”
Underneath the verse reads a couple of simple pointers to help Cishek get the best out of himself. “Stay smooth” one reads, while the other reminds him to keep an “easy speed.”
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