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Words to live by

O's Scott, Bergesen speak at Hagerstown banquet

June 07, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen, center, poses for a photograph with Boonsboro residents Jennifer Angle, left, and her brother, Marcus Angle, right, during the Hagerstown Area Church Softball League's annual banquet Monday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength.

Proverbs 24:10

"When I look at difficult situations, that's the Scripture I think of," Baltimore Orioles slugger Luke Scott said in an interview Monday evening during the Hagerstown Area Church Softball League's annual banquet at Tri-State Fellowship.

For the third straight year, Scott, who's in his third season with Baltimore, traveled to Hagerstown to speak at the banquet on one of his team's rare nights off.

Times could hardly be more trying than they are right now for the Orioles, who have the worst record in baseball at 16-41. They trail first-place Tampa Bay by 21 games in the A.L. East.

"We've had the season from hell, it seems like," Scott said. "I've never seen adversity on a team at any level like I've seen this year. Whenever we can get that one break to kind of get the ball rolling in our favor, it rolls right back on top of us and crushes us."

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Scott, who's batting .272 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs this season, said his strength --his faith in God -- has kept him from faltering.

"The truth is that adversity comes to everybody," he said. "One day you're going to be riding high and things are going to be going good -- whether it be in your job or your personal life or your health or whatever -- and something is going to come your way to test your faith and see what you're made of.

"I've basically taken on the stance that this a tough situation, but I'm not going to give up my faith, and I'm not going to let it change who I am. ... I'm just going to grit my teeth and bear down, and I'm going to keep praying and keep working hard and keep moving forward. I'm going to trust in God to direct my footsteps and bring a change about. So, we shall see."

For the second straight year, Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen joined Scott at the banquet.

Bergesen, like his team, has faced much adversity this year. After overcoming an injury to make Baltimore's starting rotation to begin the season, he struggled on the mound and was sent down to the minors for a temporary stay.

Bergesen, who's 3-4 for the O's this season, said the setback helped him put his life back in perspective.

"What are we really here for? Am I here because God wants to see me do well on a baseball field? Does he want to see me put all my emphasis and all of my time into baseball?" Bergesen said. "That's not what he wants me here for. He wants me here to share with other people, to live a life of Christ, and I'm going to do that.

"It took the adversity and some time of being at the bottom for me to really understand that and put me at peace. And now with my life, I know that God is going to walk with me through the good times and the bad."

The bad times in Baltimore recently cost Dave Trembley his job as manager.

Scott took a few moments to share his thoughts on that, while seemingly accepting at least a small share of the blame for the firing.

"A manager never makes a single pitch, he never swings the bat and he never fields the ball," Scott said. "The only thing that he can do is make the lineup. ... What else can you say if he's putting the best nine out there? It's up to them to get the job done.

"Dave, as a person, he really cared and he really wanted to win."

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