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After entering priesthood, Grant Desme doesn't regret giving up baseball

Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

A’s prospect Grant Desme made headlines back in January for abruptly quitting baseball to join the priesthood and when Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with him earlier this week the 24-year-old former outfielder said: “I didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.”

“I know it’s hard for some people to understand, and I don’t think there’s any perfect way to explain it because it’s such a personal choice,” he said. “All I can say is that when God speaks to you, it gets your attention.” As he became emotional while speaking to a San Jose Catholic professional group Thursday about his decision, one thing was clear: He doesn’t miss baseball. …



Desme says he was conflicted when he accepted the St. Michael’s invitation. “I saw everything that I might do in baseball pass before my eyes,” he said. But he came to view his baseball success as a final test–this is what you will be giving up. It wasn’t the only test. “Once you start considering the priesthood, the most beautiful Catholic women start showing up,” Desme said. “That made my decision interesting.”

It never occurred to me that someone could join the priesthood for the chicks, but I’m never one to rule out any options. Anyway, instead of kicking off his season at Triple-A, here’s what Desme is up to:

St. Michael’s is a community of 70 members who live like monks. The process of becoming an ordained priest in the order takes about 10 years. When he arrives, Desme will give up all the trappings of modern life. He won’t be allowed to use a cell phone or the Internet, watch television, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or go home during the first two years.



He will join the other abbey members as they spend about three hours a day singing their prayers in Gregorian chant. “I’m just trying to learn how to read music now,” said Desme, conceding he doesn’t have much of a singing voice.

The whole article is definitely worth reading, particularly if you’re like me and don’t really understand (or at least can’t comprehend) Desme’s decision.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    He says that now, but wait until he goes on his first retreat and there’s no strange waiting in the lobby.

  2. James - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    When he arrives, Desme will give up all the trappings of modern life. He won’t be allowed to use a cell phone or the Internet, watch television, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or go home during the first two years.
    Isn’t this called a cult? Or brainwashing? Attempting to isolate any outside influences.

  3. Jesse - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Sure…if you like to cherry pick one potential characteristic of a cult and use it to try to paint a comprehensive picture of an entire segment of society.

  4. Jim - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Look up Religion in the dictionary….they’re all cults. Just because Catholicism is popular doesn’t disclude it from being a cult.

  5. Trevor B - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    “It never occurred to me that someone could join the priesthood for the chicks, but I’m never one to rule out any options.”
    The chicks aren’t for the priests. They would be part of his “final test” to make sure that he knows he is giving up chicks in order to become a priest.
    captcha: slain ronstadt

  6. J. McCann - Apr 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Did he have one of those nights where had alcohol poisoning and told God he would make it up to him if he made it through?
    I guess he keeps his word then.

  7. Kevin - Apr 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Slow down with the hate speech. This guy is making an incredible sacrifice to do what he feels is right in his heart. Way to follow your faith Grant

  8. (Not That) Tom - Apr 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    How exactly is his sacrifice incredible? He’s leaving one profession to join another. It’s not like he’s going all Gandhi on us.

  9. Wells - Apr 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Err doesn’t being a Catholic preclude you from having sex with “interesting” Catholic chicks?

  10. Seth - Apr 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    I think we all know the direction replies to this are likely to go…so let’s not.

  11. Gobias Industries - Apr 9, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Ooohhh! You’re so edgy, Jim!

  12. bunbun - Apr 9, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Another lost whackadoodle religious nut. how long before this guy finds his way into a childs pants?
    Is your priest still molesting children???
    How would you know??

  13. Stone - Apr 9, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Great, another lunatic that thinks God talks to him. And this one was too easy:
    “It never occurred to me that someone could join the priesthood for the chicks,”
    But what about the little boys?

  14. Jack Meoffer - Apr 9, 2010 at 9:29 PM

    Anti-Catholicism is alive and well in America. Just remember this. As a “christian” group we are the largest by far while you protestants make your dumb jokes and point fingers and bicker with each other. When the s**t goes down we will be the more powerful ones.

  15. Matt - Apr 9, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Good for Grant! It’s great to see a good solid guy who is willing to make God and his Catholic Christianity a priority, even over the great game of baseball. It is examples like him that are inspiring to others and what make Catholicism such a beautiful faith!

  16. Al - Apr 10, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Wow, you’re interest in power is very un-Christian like. Ever heard of humility and piousness? How about turning the other cheek?

  17. Patrick - Apr 10, 2010 at 1:16 AM

    Y’know, I’m about 90% sure what he meant with the beautiful women comment is that meeting all the beautiful women makes him want to RECONSIDER joining the priesthood. Cuz’, you know, CELIBACY, and stuff..

  18. Greg - Apr 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    For Grant he has figured out seeking Heaven is the number one goal! He put service above self. The Church is in need of faithful Priest leadership to save souls from the pits of Hell. May God Bless your vocation!

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