Baseball story inspires young man to serve mission

by | Jun. 14, 2012

Saints & Sports

It started with a Facebook message in early July 2011.

"Hi Trent," the message began. "Are you by chance the one that wrote the article in the Mormon Times about Cale Iorg?"

The message came from a kid named Mitchell Toone in Tuscon, Ariz. We shared the same last name but I had never heard of him, although it was determined later that we were distant relatives. I confirmed I wrote the June 30 Mormon Times cover story about Cale Iorg, a member of the LDS Church and then an infielder for the Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. I asked Mitchell if he somehow knew Cale or was a big baseball fan?

The 21-year-old ignored my questions, but once he knew I was the guy he was looking for, he unfolded a tale that gave me goose bumps.

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