Behind the Headlines (Pre-Recorded)
Mark Loretta is a former Major League Baseball infielder. During his fifteen year career he had a batting average of .295. Mark is now a special assistant for baseball operations for the San Diego Padres.
Mike Sweeney is a retired Major League baseball player. He was five-time American League All-Star first baseman and designated hitter who served as the captain of the Kansas City Royals.
Sweeney was voted the “Good Guy in Sports” by The Sporting News in both 2003 and 2004. In 2005, he was named the winner of the Players Choice Man of the Year Award for his on-field performance and commitment to various charitable causes off the field.
At age 17, Sweeney led his Ontario High School baseball team to a perfect 26-0 record and a California state championship. Out of high school, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1991 Major League draft by Kansas City.
In 2002, Sweeney married Shara Nettles, the daughter of former Major Leaguer Jim Nettles, and is blessed with two children, Michael and McKara.
Sweeney is a devout Catholic who is dedicated to helping kids learn about Christ through baseball. In November 2006, he and his family visited the Vatican and attended Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly general audience. Sweeney and his wife founded The Mike and Shara Sweeney Family Foundation, which is dedicated to sharing three basic themes: love, family, and youth.
"Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition serves to humanize some of the most celebrated and accomplished ballplayers of our time and restore the ""sports hero"" to its proper place in the American culture. You will laugh, cry, stand, cheer and be awed by the captivating personal stories captured in these interviews and the thrilling game highlights provided by Major League Baseball Productions. This inaugural production of Catholic Exchange's new film & video division provides some of the biggest names in our national pastime with a unique forum to discuss faith, family, teamwork, sacrifice, leadership, humility and the many virtues and spiritual lessons they have learned from the game"