Even the Red Sox.

See, this is what happens when you sign guys from Missouri…

They gathered in a makeshift house of God — a brick-walled retreat in Fenway Park otherwise reserved for postgame interviews — and prayed for dead and dying loved ones. They prayed for American troops in hot spots abroad. And for the poor souls in the path of Hurricane Katrina.

As the Sunday baseball crowd streamed into the park less than an hour before the defending world champions played their 128th game of the season, a dozen members of the Red Sox — the largest group of evangelical Christians on any team in Major League Baseball — joined an equal number of coaches and staffers in sharing a bond of faith that is fast becoming the stuff of national renown among religious figures in sports.

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Trot Nixon, Mike Timlin, Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Curt Schilling, Doug Mirabelli, Bill Mueller, Matt Clement, John Olerud, Mike Myers, Tony Graffanino, Chad Bradford: Each Sox player considers himself an evangelical Christian who believes in the sacred authority of the Bible and the promise of Jesus Christ as his savior. [Emphasis mine]

Ok, we’re the reigning World Champions and we go into September at the top of the AL East so maybe Jesus DOES love the Red Sox but can’t these guys leave it in church (or Missouri) where it belongs?

All this Red State extremism in the hub (pardon the pun) of Blue State America is just unseemly…

Ironically, the player who styles himself after the Savior of the World (Johnny Damon, center) is, happily, a once-born kinda guy.

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