Jeremy McGarity
June 26, 2012

19 Years Later…a good friend is a good friend.

It's been 19 years since I last saw my friend Alan Botkin. We played baseball together with the St. Louis Cardinals in the minors. Alan was integral in my early understanding of Christianity. He was a constant encouragement during our two seasons together (1992-1993) in St. Petersburg Florida. We traveled the Southeast with the Cardinals and our own Southern side trip to a Clemson vs. Florida State Football game and a visit of ACC and SEC schools right after our baseball season ended.

We went to Bible studies together, found a church to go to together and learned what it meant to be a professional athlete and a Christian together.

Today, after 19 years we met for lunch to catch up on what has been going on all these years. What a great time. He was in San Diego for a conference (he currently lives in Charlotte, NC). We reminisced about our time with the Cardinals and our travels and our Pro Athlete's Outreach (PAO) conferences which were so forming in our spiritual development.

Listen, good friends are good friends no matter how long you've been apart. I want to encourage you to reconnect with your friends. How many of you have friends you haven't seen in a long, long, time? It's a huge blessing to reconnect and catch up.


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