God First Priority for Royals’ Sweeney
My greatest strength is probably my ability to hit. I also have a really good arm but probably my ability to hit.
What sports did you play growing up?
I played a lot of sports growing up. I played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, bike racing and I think that was about it.
Baseball was my first love. It was a game that my dad played. He played professionally for the California Angels for two years and he gave up his dream to be a father and a husband to my mom, and a father to us kids. My dad gave up his dream to provide for our family and it was a love that he had, so I kind of wanted to carry the torch that my dad had, in playing baseball. I think that is why I love baseball so much.
Have you had any other jobs?
Yes, I’ve worked at a Christmas tree farm, I taught batting lessons, and that is mostly about it.
What are your hobbies?
I would have to say that my favorite hobby right now is fly fishing. I love get out in and just be in God’s creation, and go fishing out in the mountains, and the fishing streams and fly fishing is a joy to me.
Probably the most beautiful place that I have ever been is fishing the Madison River in Montana.
How often do you go?
I try to go at least twice a year. Usually I go in the winter time during the off season when I get some time away from baseball. It’s kind of my get a way and it brings a lot of joy and peace in my mind and in my heart.
What kind of music to you like?
I like Christian music. My favorite band is Third Day. It’s great music and the message is very inspiring.
What do you do in the off season?
I try to train, lift weights to prepare for the season, try to do some fly fishing and then I get involved in my church back home. I go to St. James Catholic Church in San Diego and spend a lot of time with my family.
I wear shorts and flip flops every day. It’s enjoyable.
What is the best and worst part of your job?
The best part is playing a game that I love to play ever since I was a little boy. The worst part is being away from my family.
Who is the funniest guy on the team?
The funniest guy on the team this year is probably Jeremy Affeldt. He’s a left handed pitcher, he’s kind of goofy, he’s funny, he’s got a great sense of humor and he’s always able to laugh at himself.
The thing most people find interesting about me is….
Besides being a baseball player, I’m a man of God. I would rather have people know me as a man who loves Christ above being a great baseball player.
If you could live in any time in history when would it be?
Wow. I would probably live in the 60’s. I love that golden era of music. I love the 60’s and it was a time when my mom and dad were growing up and I think it would be very enjoyable to go to a couple of Beach Boys concerts and enjoy a nice uncomplicated world.
What was your greatest opportunity?
My greatest opportunity has probably been the chance to play pro baseball. I was given that opportunity at the age of seventeen years old and I’m still loving it every single day.
Can you tell me about your All-Star experiences?
I’ve been blessed to be in five All-Star games. It’s a great experience, you know, getting to play with the best baseball players in the world on one baseball field is a joy. Although a lot of people think that’s the best day in my life, the most joyful time in my life has probably just been living life being a man of God. The day I accepted Christ in to my life is definitely the most joyous time in my life, well beyond the five All-Star games and hitting .340 in the big leagues. My life is a joy because God gave me my life.