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A Lift From Heaven For Lorenzen

Michael Lorenzen GRPhotog/ via Flickr


A Lift From Heaven for Michael Lorenzen

In the sports world, we are surrounded by negative headlines.  We turn on any type of news channel and rather it be sports or politics, the lead story is usually something negative.  We have come to expect to see our heroes fall and are no longer shocked to hear of the next athlete arrested for drugs or domestic violence.  Over the past few years the game of baseball has been overshadowed with the stories of people cheating to get an edge in the game.  Failed drug tests for Performance enhancing drugs have become such a regular occurrence that it is hard to call it news anymore.

However, every once in a while a story comes along that reassure me that there is still magic in the game of baseball.  Every once in a while something happens in the game that is beyond all comprehension.  Every once in a while we see something that could only be described as a miracle.



– a surprise and welcome event that is not explicable by nature or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.

– a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.

– an amazing product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.


These are all definitions of the word Miracle and this is a word that is used very loosely by many, but there is no other way to describe the events that surrounded relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen last Friday in a game versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On August 16th the Cincinnati Reds made a roster move that drew very little attention across baseball.  They placed relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen on the Bereavement List and called up minor leaguer Tim Adelman to fill his spot.  This is a move that is common throughout baseball and would have went unnoticed if not for what happened next.  On August 20th Lorenzen would return from the Bereavement List and only his teammates knew the hurt he was feeling.  Just earlier that week Lorenzen had lost his father.  He was returning with a heavy heart, but he knew his father would be watching him from heaven and he needed to get back to his team.

He never realized that he was about to have one of the most emotional nights in his baseball career.  He would get the call to the pen late in the game with runners on base and something was different right from the start.  He was entering to a new warm-up song, Who are you by The Who.  No one would know why until he explained later.  You see “The Who” was his fathers favorite music group and he was honoring him with the song.  That wasn’t all he did to honor his father.  He never imagined that destiny had a bigger reward to honor his father.

He would make quick work of the Dodgers hitters and retire the side with a fly out and a ground out to first base.  As he headed to the dugout he was hit with emotion and went to the clubhouse to gather himself.  His teammates would go and help him deal with those emotions and he would return to the field for his at bat.

Michael would only get to see one pitch that night.  It was a 97 mph fastball from the Dodgers reliever and what happened next can only be described with one word – Miracle.  He would hit a three-run homer to right-center.  Michael had never hit a Home Run in the Big Leagues.  His first Home Run of his career was a gift for his father and when he touched home plate, he pointed to the sky and it all became real to him.

Amazingly he held back the tears as he was greeted by his teammates in the dugout to congratulate him.  Standing at the end of the dugout was his best friend and teammate to greet him and with a hug like that a son gives his father he felt the reality of what had just happened.

The crowd of over 27,000 fans would show acknowledgement of Lorenzens accomplishment and cheer for a curtain call which Michael would gladly step to the top step of the dugout and give them. He would return to the mound in the eighth inning and pitch another scoreless inning.


After the game many of his teammates commented on the Miracle they had witnessed.



“His father was with him the whole time he was out there.  He felt it.  I felt it with him.” said Brandon Phillips


“The Lorenzen home run was emotional for all of us,” manager Bryan Price said. “If you stay in this game long enough, you still think you won’t see anything like that. It was so improbable. It was majestic and poetic. The emotions were palpable and got stronger when he got to the dugout. The curtain call showed there was some awareness in the crowd.”


Lorenzen would take a moment after the game to express his feelings on what had just happened.


“Definitely, everything happens for a reason,” Lorenzen said. “It was something that I look and just praise God for. It was something special, not only for me, but for my family. Everyone that’s been supporting us, I just want to say thank you for the prayers and just the support. It’s really helped out a lot, just people reaching out. It’s humbled me, this whole situation. Everything that happened tonight, I don’t think I will ever feel that way again.”


So if you ever start to feel jaded about baseball and all the negative news we see, just remember that every once in a while if you stick around long enough, you just might get to see a miracle happen again.  Until then click on the link below and enjoy watching Michael Lorenzen share one last moment with his father on the field.

this video is compliments of MLB/ via youtube.