A Big-Leaguer Who Learned to Lean on God
While it was a bleak 96-loss season for the Minnesota Twins, one bright spot was left-fielder Josh Willingham — who recently joined us for an interview at the Desiring God offices.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Harmon Killebrew.
It was 42 years ago, in 1970, that the Hall-of-Fame slugger — who played 22 years in the major leagues, from 1954 to 1975, and died in 2011 — was the last Twin to hit 35 homeruns in a season. Until Willingham in 2012.
Willingham not only clubbed more homeruns this year than any Twin in four decades, he also batted in 110 runs, the third highest total in the American League. Without doubt, the 33-year-old veteran, and evangelical Christian, from Florence, Alabama, proved himself to be a steal of an off-season deal in the first of his three-year contract with the team.
But even Willingham’s outstanding 2012 campaign…