‘This Was God’s Plan All Along’: How Faith Saved Former MLB Pitcher Jason Grimsley’s Life

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‘This Was God’s Plan All Along’: How Faith Saved Former MLB Pitcher Jason Grimsley’s Life

By Movieguide® Contributor

Former MLB pitcher Jason Grimsley recently reflected on past addiction, the end of his career, and restoration through faith in his new book, “Cross Stitched: One Man’s Journey From Ruin to Restoration.”

In 2006, Grimsley was caught using performance-enhancing drugs, which ended his 15 year career in pro baseball.

This discovery led Grimsley into a downward spiral of depression and addiction — in 2015, he attempted suicide. 

“I was taking anything I could get my hands on,” he said. “I just wanted to be numb. I didn’t want to think what kind of person I was, or what I was doing to myself and my family. I was constantly hiding it.”

Grimsley decided that his loved ones were better off without him and, after writing letters and making calls to friends and family, tried to shoot himself in the head. 

“I was waiting, but nothing happened,” Grimsley said. “I guess I didn’t take off the safety feature. I didn’t have the [guts] to do it again. I just remember thinking, ‘I can’t even do that right.’”

He later attended drug and alcohol rehab, as well as a psych ward. The support of his loved ones, as well as his newfound dedication to God, helped him make a full recovery. 

“Now that I look back [on my life], I want to point to the Lord and His grace and His salvation,” Grimsley shared. “There’s no reason I should be alive today. I should have died. Now I know why I’m here.”

In his new book, Grimsley hopes to point others toward God as they deal with their struggles and inspire others who are battling addiction. All proceeds from the book’s sales will go to  Emerging Grace Ministries, a faith-based non-profit committed to ending adolescent sex trafficking.

“I thought my purpose in life was to play baseball,” Grimsley reflected. “Now, I realize that wasn’t it. My purpose is right here, right now. No doubt this was God’s plan all along. I want people to get a glimpse of the thing I lived through. My success. My failures. Why they were my failures. Why I believe I got through my failures. All I truly want to do is help.”

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