Grant Desme Leaves Baseball To Join The Priesthood
January 23, 2010
Arizona (ChattahBox) – Grant Desme, a prospect who was named MVP in the Arizona Fall League, has announced that he will be leaving baseball to become a priest.
Desme wowed crowds when he hit 31 home runs and stole 40 bases last season, putting him on the map as the guy to watch.
Oakland Athletics had been planning to invite the young man to train in the spring, and many believed he would quickly rise the ranks.
But Desme says that he will be joining a different kind of training course, and will be going to St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California where he is dedicating himself as a Roman Catholic priest.
“I love the game, but I’m going to aspire to higher things. I know I have no regrets,” the 23-year-old said.
He also says that his 2008 injuries, which kept him from playing more than two games in the entire season, were a blessing in disguise.
“My injuries, I would say, have been the biggest blessing God’s ever given me. For my entire life, I’ve defined myself as a baseball player, and in a way it’s been an idol. When it was taken, it was an eye-opener. It was a shock.
“Either way, if I played in the big leagues and became a Hall of Famer, it’s still going to end. I really started doing some soul-searching of who I was and who I wanted to be. This is where it has led me.”