As a top prospect for the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Grant Desme might’ve gotten the call every minor leaguer wants this spring. Instead, he believed he had another, higher calling. Desme announced Friday that he was leaving baseball to enter the priesthood, walking away after a breakout season in which he became MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
Good for him. Especially since he remarks
“I love the game, but I aspire to higher things,” he said. “I know I have no regrets.”
In our sports obsessed society, a gifted athlete who asserts that there’s more to life than a game is both an oddity and a marvel. So, again, good for him. His decision reminds me of Scott Bailey‘s- a former pro hockey player who gave it up for a career in biblical studies. I admire such persons. They turn their backs on wealth and fame and follow a more meaningful path.