Jonathan's Journey
Tuesday January 23, 2013

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

A thought as you contemplate activities for this year of HOPE:

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it. But, that it is too low -- and we reach it. - Michelangelo

Tom Clevenger,

On this day in 1957, machines at the Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs--now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where William Frisbie opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities would throw the empty pie tins to each other, yelling "Frisbie!" as they let go. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison and his partner Warren Franscioni invented a plastic version of the disc called the "Flying Saucer" that could fly further and more accurately than the tin pie plates. After splitting with Franscioni, Morrison made an improved model in 1955 and sold it to the new toy company Wham-O as the "Pluto Platter"--an attempt to cash in on the public craze over space and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

In 1958, a year after the toy's first release, Wham-O--the company behind such top-sellers as the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle--changed its name to the Frisbee disc, misspelling the name of the historic pie company. A company designer, Ed Headrick, patented the design for the modern Frisbee in December 1967, adding a band of raised ridges on the disc's surface--called the Rings--to stabilize flight. By aggressively marketing Frisbee-playing as a new sport, Wham-O sold over 100 million units of its famous toy by 1977.

High school students in Maplewood, New Jersey, invented Ultimate Frisbee, a cross between football, soccer and basketball, in 1967. In the 1970s, Headrick himself invented Frisbee Golf, in which discs are tossed into metal baskets; there are now hundreds of courses in the U.S., with millions of devotees. There is also Freestyle Frisbee, with choreographed routines set to music and multiple discs in play, and various Frisbee competitions for both humans and dogs--the best natural Frisbee players.

Today, at least 60 manufacturers produce the flying discs--generally made out of plastic and measuring roughly 20-25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in diameter with a curved lip. The official Frisbee is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, who bought the toy from Wham-O in 1994.

Wednesday 1-23-13

A busy journey today. Morning Bible Studies, a mid-day interview for the Forehand and Friends interview with Chase Heady of the San Diego Padres. A gold glove winner and the Padres player of the year. He is a strong believer and shares his faith everyday.

After a breakout season featuring several awards and honors, Knoxville didn't seem a likely destination for Chase Headley during the offseason.

But there are more than a few reasons for the San Diego Padres' third baseman to make his way back to East Tennessee, an area the Colorado native considers a second home.

Headley, who was part of Tennessee baseball's 2005 College World Series squad, was in town over the weekend for Rangers Baseball Institute's Chase Headley Hitting Clinic and Seminar, where local high school athletes got a chance to hone their skills under the major leaguer.

"I spent some of the best years of my life here and this is always going to be a special place for me," said Headley, who was honored during the Tennessee men's basketball game on Saturday and who also recently purchased a home in Franklin, Tenn.

Happy to give back, Headley said these types of clinics as well as a heavy dose of hard work and dedication helped mold him into the player he's become.

"He's certainly not the most athletic out of every single third baseman in the big leagues but the one thing he has always done, since we started playing baseball at five-years-old, is he's always outworked people and always continued to be a student of the game," said Chase's brother — Nate Headley, who owns RBI and who spent two seasons as part of the Vols' baseball staff.

That work ethic led Chase Headley to a fast rise in the upper echelon of baseball.

After being drafted by the Padres in 2005, he spent a year in the minors before being called up by San Diego in 2007.

Last season was his breakout year as he earned two NL Player of the Month awards in addition to Padre Player of the Year, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors and This Year in Baseball's MLB Breakout Hitter of the Year award.

A tough 2011 drove his resolve.

"The year before, I had four home runs and only drove in around 50 RBI and that was an area I knew I could do better at. So I really focused on finding a swing that could produce," he said.

Headley found that swing and finished with 31 home runs, 173 hits and led the NL with 115 RBI.

"I made sure I was picking guys' brains and watching guys, trying to figure out what I could do to make myself better," he said.

While he stays busy, Headley has stayed close to the Vols' program and feels Tennessee is on the upswing again with coach Dave Serrano.

"I think he is as good as there is in college baseball," Headley said. "You give him a year or two more to really get his guys in here and recruit and the program is going to be right back on top."

As for his plans after baseball, Headley said a change of sports may be his path.

"I have always thought it would fun to coach high school basketball," said Headley, who turned down basketball scholarship offers from a few small schools coming out of high school.

"I love the intensity of it and I think when I am done playing there is so much baseball that it might be nice to get away from it."

Headley reports to Padres spring training in Phoenix on Feb. 14. Even though the NL West — with the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants and big-move-making Los Angeles Dodgers — will be a formidable division, Headley feels confident San Diego can make a run this year.

"I like where we're at. But it is tough every year and I think it is probably the most underrated division in baseball," he said. "Year in and year out there is always a team that surprises everybody and goes deep in the playoffs or wins the whole thing."

More on his faith....

Chase Headley

“When I was a freshman in high school, my neighbor invited me to an FCA meeting, and it so happened that the topic that night was on salvation,” says San Diego Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. “By night’s end I had given my life to Christ. That was the beginning of my journey, my walk with the Lord.”

Headley, a native of Fountain, Colorado, grew up in a loving and supportive home. “My parents were always there for my older brother, Nate, and me, at all our games and activities,” he says. “Although we were not active in a church, I have a great family that shares lots of love.

Headley played varsity baseball and basketball at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. He earned all-conference four years and all-state twice in baseball.

Leading the Vols to the College World Series

In 2002, after graduation, Headley headed to California to play baseball at the University of The Pacific. He led the team in hits and the Big West Conference in walks. But his sophomore year he transferred to The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the same school his older brother, Nate, was attending. Chase earned All-American, All-SEC, and Academic All-American honors, and helped lead the Vols to the 2005 College World Series.

“I had good experiences in college with Campus Crusade for Christ and Athletes in Action,” Headley adds. “I had two great leaders in Eric Phillips and Teg Tegelaar at Tennessee who were very helpful in the growing of my Christian faith.”

First Home Run at Old Yankee Stadium

After two years at UT, Chase was drafted by the San Diego Padres.

“In 2007 I made my big league debut June 15th against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field,” Headley says, “You can’t beat that. It was pretty special.”

The following year he came up to the majors for good. “I got my first home run at old Yankee Stadium; it was the last year it was open,” Headley says. “Both of those stadiums are historical so it was special to achieve those things at these ball parks.

Power to Love the Unlovable

“If you put a circle that represents Christ, in the center of a pie: that represents life,” Headley says. “Any way you slice it, the circle will always touch a part of that slice. That’s how I try to live my life. I try to have Christ touch all aspects of my life.”

One of Headley’s favorite Bible verses is II Timothy 1:7 which reads, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

“This encompasses what I want to do in my Christian walk,” Headley says. “Too many times Christians are portrayed as weak, (and they think) ‘I can’t be a man anymore or I can’t stand up for myself.’ This verse says (that) through God, in Christ, I have power to stand up as a Christian, to love even when it’s hard to love the unlovable, and to have the self-discipline to resist the temptations we face daily.

“Professional athletes have a tremendous platform,” he adds. “I try to use that platform, I look for opportunities to speak out about my faith.”

Headley does that through baseball cards that include his faith story, as well as speaking at FCA events, Family Faith Nights at the ball parks, and at churches or college events.

“Jesus changed my life”

“Jesus has changed my life,” Headley says. “My goal is to have Jesus be the center of everything. I can worship Jesus by the way I play baseball and in how I interact with teammates, opponents, umpires and fans. I try to let my life reflect my faith in Christ.”

By Mark E. Darnall and Bruce A. Darnall Photos by Chris Hardy, San Diego Padres

It is now Thursday night 1-24-13
Today we celebrated Brother Dailey's 90th Birthday! I will try to write a out it later...and post some pictures...including his "Older than Dirt" Shirt!
Rain and Ice...could be on the way...should I stay up to see if it comes? Williamson County schools will be two hours late...I think our staff should follow the same plan!

Have a great Journey!

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