Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs was just named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 World Series.
Zobrist was crucial in Chicago's 8-7 victory in 10 innings against the Cleveland Indians. Zobrist, who plays left field, scored the go-ahead double in the 10th inning of Game 7. In the overall World Series Zobrist hit .357 and had a .419 on-base average. "Who sets a better example of how to work an at-bat?" Cubs manager Joe Maddon told MLB.com. "And who sets a better example of just being a professional than he does?"
Zobrist, 35, is also a devout Christian who is a member of the Fellowship of Christian athletes. In a 2013 interview with the FCA, Zobrist said, "We know that as a Christian athlete, people are watching, and so we want to be the best example that we can be, and show that we are different, that Christ has changed our lives."
Zobrist was born and raised in Eureka, Illinois. His fatherTom Zobrist is senior pastor of Liberty Bible Church in Eureka. Zobrist’s wife is the Christian singer Julianna Zobrist.
In his FCA interview Zobrist added, "I want people to know that grace is for everyone. We all need grace. We all need Christ.”