Sports Spectrum’s Table Forty

Matt and Leslee Holliday

Hosted by former MLB All-Star Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee, Table Forty is a show that brings organic conversations about Jesus and life.

Take a seat at Table Forty with Matt and Leslee and get a better understanding of Jesus to help you discover who you are becoming and why it matters.

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After a stellar college career at Florida State, Shane Robinson played nine seasons in the major leagues, mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was teammates and won a World Series in 2011 with "Table Forty" co-host Matt Holliday. He and his wife Jess met while at Florida State together, and they join "Table Forty" this week to talk about marriage, life in pro baseball, and parenting. Their youngest daughter, Harper, has endured a number of surgeries during her young life, and Shane and Jess talk about how their faith in God has been tested and strengthened through it all. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Chicago White Sox Pitcher Lance Lynn — St. Louis Cardinals Broadcaster Brad Thompson — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple

Nov 30

47 min 36 sec

Lance Lynn just completed his 10th season in the major leagues, where he put together one of the best seasons in his career and finished third in the Cy Young voting. He won a World Series in 2011 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was teammates with Matt Holliday, and has been named an All-Star twice — in 2012 and 2021. He's finished in the top six in the Cy Young Award voting the last three seasons. As a child, Lynn and his Brownsburg, Indiana All-Star team played in the Little League World Series. He joins "Table Forty" this week with Matt and Leslee Holliday to talk about his upbringing in Indiana, how he's grown the past several years both in his faith and as a man, how he leads others, and what it's like being a parent of three girls. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Baltimore Orioles Pitcher John Means & Wife Caroline — Blake Hawksworth – Former MLB Pitcher — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple

Nov 23

41 min 18 sec

Episode 80 Brett Phillips has played five season in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, where he was a member of the 2020 World Series team. Aside from delivering a walk-off single in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, Phillips is known for his engaging personality and infectious attitude on and off the field. He and his wife Bri join "Table Forty" to talk about marriage and baseball and keeping God at the center of it all. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Matt & Leslee Holliday on faith and sharing your story — San Diego Padres Infielder Jake Cronenworth — Baltimore Orioles Pitcher John Means & Wife Caroline

Nov 16

54 min 19 sec

Episode 79 Zack Esposito is in his sixth season as associate wrestling coach at Oklahoma State University, where he was also a star wrestler from 2002-2006. He compiled a 120-12 record during his time in Stillwater, helping lead the Cowboys to the NCAA national championship every year from 2003-2006. In his 13 years on staff at Oklahoma State, he has helped coached Oklahoma State to 11 Big 12 Conference championships and 64 individual conference championships. He joins "Table Forty" this week to talk about cultivating a winning mindset, his faith, and just showing up — both in the athletic arena and in our walk with Jesus. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Former Oklahoma State Baseball Player Max Hewitt — Oklahoma State Baseball Coach Josh Holliday & Wife Jenny — Oklahoma State Tennis Coach Chris Young & Wife Sarah

Nov 9

41 min 3 sec

Episode 78 This week on the Table Forty Podcast, Matt and Leslee Holliday talk about the importance of your story. Every Christian has a story, and it's important to share your story. Both Matt and Leslee share a little of their story as well and what they've learned about God as they've grown older and how the mystery of God actually drew them to seeking a deeper relationship with him. They also spend some time talking about how to "bring Jesus to work with you" and be a light in the midst of dark crowds. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — High School Baseball Player Jackson Holliday, Son of Matt & Leslee Holliday — Matt & Leslee Holliday on marriage in busy seasons — Matt Holliday – Lessons From His Career

Nov 2

33 min 30 sec

Episode 77 Anthony Rendon is one of the top third basemen in the major leagues, and he's also vocal about sharing his faith in God. An All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2019, Rendon was also a member of the Washington Nationals World Series championship team that year. He signed with the Los Angeles Angels that offseason. He and his wife Amanda join "Table Forty" to talk about that decision to leave the organization that drafted him, starting a new life on the other side of the country, raising their growing family, and trusting in God through injuries and other trials in life and baseball. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — San Diego Padres Infielder Jake Cronenworth — Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado & Wife Laura — Colorado Rockies SS Trevor Story

Oct 26

52 min 51 sec

Episode 76 Jake Cronenworth burst onto the scene in 2021 as one of the best utility players in major league baseball. In his first full season with the San Diego Padres, Cronenworth hit 21 home runs and drove in 77 runs on his way to earning his first All-Star Game selection. A standout two-way player at the University of Michigan, Cronenworth has found his niche in the majors by being able to play multiple positions. This week, he joins the "Table Forty Podcast" to talk about his upbringing hockey-crazed Michigan and how he eventually traded the skates for cleats. He also shares about who has impacted him the most as a player and in his faith as he's made the journey to the big leagues. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Mark & Mary Catherine Melancon – MLB Couple — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple — Colorado Rockies SS Trevor Story

Oct 19

41 min 48 sec

This week on Table Forty, Matt and Leslee Holliday are joined by their oldest son, Jackson, to talk about travel baseball and the lessons he's learned in his young baseball career. Jackson is committed to play at Oklahoma State University, where Matt serves as a volunteer assistant coach, and he talks with his parents about travel baseball coming to an end, preparing for his final high school season, and what he's looking forward to about the next chapter of his career. He also shares about his faith and how that guides him in his decision making. "Table Forty" is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Baltimore Orioles Pitcher John Means & Wife Caroline — Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado & Wife Laura — Former Oklahoma State Baseball Player Max Hewitt

Oct 12

32 min 20 sec

Episode 73 John Means has cemented himself as one of the best pitchers in the American League. He was named an All-Star in 2019, and on May 5, 2021, he threw his first career no-hitter and put together a successful 2021 season. His wife Caroline was a professional soccer player who played for Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, and Orlando Pride after a stellar college career at the University of Missouri and the University of Southern California. The couple joins Matt and Leslee Holliday on the Table Forty Podcast to talk about their marriage, John's career and no-hitter, and dealing with loss of John's father. They also talk about their faith in God and God's faithfulness during tough seasons. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well — Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado & Wife Laura — Former MLB Star Chris Davis & Wife Jill — Former Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney & Wife Shara

Oct 5

54 min 5 sec

Episode 72 After six seasons in the major leagues, Brad Thompson transitioned into television and radio broadcasting. He works as a color analyst for St. Louis Cardinals games for Bally Sports Midwest and is the co-host of The Fast Lane on 101 ESPN in St. Louis. Thompson was a member of the 2006 World Series champion Cardinals team, and played with Matt Holliday briefly in 2009. The two have remained friends ever since and Matt appears as a frequent guest on Thompson's radio show. He joins Matt and Leslee on Table Forty to talk about his career on and off the field, including stories of his Cardinals playing days and lessons he's learned about life and leadership along the way. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple — Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado & Wife Laura — Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt & Wife Michelle

Sep 28

39 min 46 sec

Episode 71 Ten years ago, Matt and Leslee Holliday helped launch Homers for Health, a program that partnered with Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis to raise money for sick and injured children. In conjunction with the celebration of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals team, the Hollidays returned to St. Louis to celebrate 10 years of Homers for Health. As part of the celebration, Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado and his wife Laura joined Matt and Leslee for a live recording of the Table Forty Podcast over the weekend at the hospital. Enjoy this conversation about life, baseball, marriage, and persevering through the trials of life. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Colorado Rockies SS Trevor Story — Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw & Wife Ellen — Nolan Arenado

Sep 21

38 min 13 sec

Episode 70 This week on the Table Forty Podcast, Matt and Leslee Holliday speak with Sports Spectrum Podcast host Jason Romano. A former producer at ESPN, Romano made the move to Sports Spectrum in 2017. He now serves as the Director of Media for Sports Spectrum. In this conversation, Jason talks about his experiences working at ESPN as well as the lessons he's learned in his life that have served as the backbone for the two books he's authored: "Live to Forgive," a story of how he forgave his alcoholic father, and "The Uniform of Leadership," which includes lessons he learned and stories from his years at ESPN. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Vanderbilt Baseball Coach Tim Corbin & Wife Maggie — ESPN MLB Analyst Chris Singleton — Former Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney & Wife Shara

Sep 14

53 min 1 sec

Episode 69 Tim Corbin has been the head coach of the Vanderbilt baseball team since 2003, and in that span he's guided the Commodores to two national championships and has made the program a perennial power, boasting numerous first round major league draft picks. He took over at Vanderbilt after serving as an assistant at Clemson and the head coach at Presbyterian. He and Maggie share about walking the coaching journey together, supporting each other throughout their marriage, and parenting in a blended family. A winner of a number of regional and national coach of the year awards, Tim also shares some insights on how he's built his program to be the consistent power it is through discipline, expectations, and fostering an environment of commitment. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Oklahoma State Baseball Coach Josh Holliday & Wife Jenny — Oklahoma State Tennis Coach Chris Young & Wife Sarah — Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes

Sep 7

45 min 52 sec

Episode 68 Heath Evans played 10 years in the National Football League with the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints, who he helped win Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts. In this conversation, he opens up about the struggles he endured throughout his career and the off-the-field issues he endured, including his infidelity. He shares his story of coming to know Jesus in hopes that others will learn from it and be inspired by it. He shares his testimony of how in 2018, he surrendered his life to God. He now uses his platform to share his faith, promote healthy living and Biblical manhood through a venture called Built Ready. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — ESPN MLB Analyst Chris Singleton — Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph — Former Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney & Wife Shara

Aug 31

54 min 59 sec

Episode 67 Chris Singleton played six seasons in the major leagues and entered into the broadcasting side of the game in 2006 shortly after he retired. He's been with ESPN since 2008, and since 2011 he has served as the lead game analyst for ESPN Radio's baseball coverage alongside Jon Sciambi and Dan Schulman. He also appears on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecasts as an analyst. In 2021 Singleton was hired as a part-time analyst for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bally Sports Midwest. He shares his story of how he thought football would be his ticket to an athletic career, only to find himself more drawn to baseball in his college years. He also shares his story of faith and how he's grown in his relationship with God. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Former MLB Star Chris Davis & Wife Jill — Former Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney & Wife Shara — Cardinals Bench Coach Oliver Marmol & Wife Amber

Aug 24

57 min 47 sec

Episode 66 Editor's Note: This conversation was recorded prior to Chris Davis announcing his retirement from professional baseball. Chris Davis recently retired from major league baseball after 13 seasons, several of which he was heralded as one of the game's best power hitters. He finished his career with 295 career home runs and 780 RBIs, highlighted by a 2013 campaign where he clubbed a league-high 53 home runs 138 runs batted in. That season he was named an American League All-Star. He and his wife Jill are heavily involved in various charitable efforts and plan to continue doing so even in retirement. They talk with Matt and Leslee Holliday this week about life during baseball, how they each came to know Jesus, and how important it is to serve others in need. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Former Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney & Wife Shara — Mark & Mary Catherine Melancon – MLB Couple — Former MLB Player Daniel Murphy & Wife Tori

Aug 17

37 min 16 sec

Episode 65 Mike Sweeney played 16 seasons in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent most of his career with the Royals, where he was named to five All-Star games. He and his wife Shara married in 2002, and in this conversation they share the story of how they met through baseball and how their faith is the driving force in their relationship. They also talk about parenting, life while in professional baseball, and what they're up to since Mike retired. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Cardinals Bench Coach Oliver Marmol & Wife Amber — Oklahoma State Baseball Coach Josh Holliday & Wife Jenny — Kansas City Royals Manager Mike Matheny & Wife Kristin

Aug 10

35 min 29 sec

Episode 64 It's been a busy summer for Matt and Leslee Holliday as they've been traveling the southeast with their sons on their travel baseball circuit. They've spent a lot of time together on the road, and it's led them to a new perspective on some areas of marriage. They share some of their thoughts this week on marriage, what has helped them in various busy seasons, and how they work to support and care for each other according to what the Bible says a marriage should look like. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Cardinals Bench Coach Oliver Marmol & Wife Amber — Oklahoma State Baseball Coach Josh Holliday & Wife Jenny — Hannah Price – Holliday Family Friend — Matt and Leslee Holliday on Marriage

Aug 3

40 min 23 sec

Episode 63 Oliver Marmol is the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, a role he's held since 2016, and he's one of the youngest coaches in the major leagues. He and his wife Amber met while in high school and dated long distance while Amber was at University of Central Florida and Oliver was playing baseball at College of Charleston. Oliver was drafted out of high school in the 31st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but elected to attend college instead. He was then drafted in the sixth round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 and played in the organization until 2010 before he got into coaching in the organization. He and Amber talk with Matt and Leslee about life in professional baseball, how they've made their relationship and marriage work through the various seasons of life they've endured, parenting, and how their faith in God is the most important thing in their lives. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt & Wife Michelle — Kansas City Royals Manager Mike Matheny & Wife Kristin — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple

Jul 27

52 min 12 sec

Episode 62 Max Hewitt is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he was a catcher and infielder on the baseball team. He was also recently signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a free agent contract. He joins the Table Forty Podcast this week to talk about his upbringing in Canada, his baseball journey, getting signed to a pro contract, and his walk with Jesus. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well. — Oklahoma State Baseball Coach Josh Holliday & Wife Jenny — Oklahoma State Tennis Coach Chris Young & Wife Sarah — Matt Holliday – Lessons From His Career

Jul 20

44 min 38 sec

Episode 61 Josh Holliday is the head baseball coach at Oklahoma State University. Since being hired in 2012, Josh had led the Cowboys to seven NCAA Regional appearances, three Super Regional appearances, and the 2016 College World Series. He was named the 2014 Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2016 Midwest Regional Coach of the Year. Josh, who is Matt Holliday's brother, and his wife Jenny join Matt and Leslee Holliday this week to talk about all aspects of coaching and issues facing athletes, coaches, and parents. They touch on the pressure athletes feel to specialize in specific sports and the role comparison plays in the minds of today's young athletes as well the joys that come with coaching and getting to mentor young men. They also discuss the role that faith plays in all of this. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Oklahoma State Tennis Coach Chris Young & Wife Sarah — Matt Holliday – Lessons From His Career — OSU Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Boynton

Jul 13

52 min 32 sec

Episode 60 Chris Young is the director of tennis and the head women's tennis coach at Oklahoma State University. In 11 years as head coach of the women's program, he's turned it into a national power, highlighted by a national runner-up finish in 2016. He was unanimously chosen as the Big 12 Coach of the Year that same season. He and his wife Sarah join Matt and Leslee Holliday this week to talk about building a culture that lasts in an athletic program, prioritizing character over winning at all costs, navigating marriage through tough seasons, and how they coach their children and the players in the program how to fight against comparison. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll enjoy these as well: — Oklahoma State Basketball Coach Mike Boynton — Texas Rangers GM Chris Young & Wife Liz — Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes — Rickie and Allison Fowler – Sports Couple

Jul 6

47 min 24 sec

Episode 59 Blake Hawksworth knows what it's like to experience the highs and lows of athletics. Rated as one of the top high school pitchers in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft class, Hawksworth was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in 28th round that summer. He instead enrolled at Bellevue Community College in Washington state, where he played for one season before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. After just two seasons, Baseball America rated him as the top prospect in the Cardinals' organization. Injuries plagued his career, though, and limiting him to three seasons in the major leagues from 2009-2011 with the Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. But he's remained heavily involved in the game since retiring in a coaching capacity. He serves as the pitching coach at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, but before that he was the pitching coach at Grand Canyon University, an assistant coach at California State-Fullerton, and an assistant basketball coach at Eastlake High School in Washington, where he graduated from also and starred as a basketball player. Hawksworth was a talented basketball player as well, and he talks about his love of hoops and sharing that with his son, Jackson, in this conversation with Matt and Leslee Holliday. He talks about the pressure he felt as a high school athlete, feeling like he needed to perform and focus on statistics instead of just helping his team. He also shares how he dealt with the disappointment his injuries brought and how his faith in God was shaped throughout the struggles and joys of his life and athletic career. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: — Matt Holliday – Lessons From His Career — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple — Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes

Jun 29

38 min 10 sec

Episode 58 Hannah Price is a woman dedicated to Jesus that served the Holliday family for years. She is full of joy and brought a ton of laughter to the Holliday family through the years. She loves deep conversations and hugs. She talks with Matt and Leslee Holliday about building an authentic faith and being your authentic self. She discusses the battle that young people — especially young women — face with comparison, both in life but also in dating. She speaks about approaching that dilemma with a heart toward Jesus, as well as dealing with grief following the loss of her brother last year. On the heels of Father's Day, she also talks about the influence her father had on her faith journey. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: — Garrison Price — Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty talks faith and grief on ‘Table Forty’ podcast — Rickie and Allison Fowler – Sports Couple

Jun 22

49 min 50 sec

Episode 57 Table Forty is focused on bringing in unique guests each week. Every once in a while, though, Matt and Leslee Holliday share a conversation together — just the two of them. This week, Leslee interviews Matt about some of the more valuable lessons he learned during professional baseball career — lessons on discipline, how and when he knew he could be a major leaguer, how he dealt with success and failure, how important proper nutrition is, and how he grew in his faith throughout his 15-year career. Matt was a seven-time All-Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and in 2007 was arguably the best hitter in the National League. He finished with the highest batting average in the National League that year and also drove in the most runs. He was later named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 National League Championship Series. He won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. This conversation provides a unique look into the mind of a professional athlete who knows what it takes to be great. Many of the questions Matt gets from coaches and athletes about how to play at the next level are answered in this conversation. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: — Matt and Leslee Holliday on Marriage — Matt & Leslee Holliday Recap Season 1 — Former MLB Player Daniel Murphy & Wife Tori

Jun 15

37 min 53 sec

Episode 56 After a successful 13-year career in the major leagues, Chris Young was hired in December as the general manager of the Texas Rangers, where he started his playing career in 2004. Just four years removed from playing, he's able to provide a unique perspective on the game in his new role. He joined the Table Forty podcast to talk with Matt and Leslee Holliday about lessons he's learned in leadership from his time in baseball, how he carries himself with character in his job, and how a good work ethic is what leads someone to be great at something. He and his wife Liz also share some of their favorite stories from his playing days as well as how they both met while students at Princeton University, where the 6-foot-10 Chris played both basketball and baseball. They have three children together, so they talked about parenting as well. Chris won a World Series championship with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, was an All-Star in 2007, and in 2014 he was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome the year prior. He shares about his excitement to lead the Rangers through a "restart." Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: — Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes — Kansas City Royals Manager Mike Matheny & Wife Kristin — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple

Jun 8

50 min 24 sec

Episode 55 Trevor Story is one of the premier shortstops in baseball. A two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Story is the face of the Colorado Rockies. He led the National League in steals during the shortened 2020 season and since his debut in 2016, he's remained relatively consistent as a hitter and defender. He's relied on his faith the entire way. He talks with Matt and Leslee this week about his upbringing in the faith, how it's gotten him through the tougher times in his career, his marriage, the heart of service his parents and grandfather instilled in him, and how baseball is not what defines him. “We make a living off of this, but this isn’t the end all be all," he says. "I think having those good reminders and having that faith is huge and it’s the thing that keeps me going, no doubt.” He also opens up about the trade that sent his good friend and teammate Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals and how his faith helps deal with the uncertainties that come with playing professional baseball. Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Bo Bichette -Daniel and Tori Murphy -Skip and Lindsey Schumaker

Jun 1

29 min 52 sec

Episode 54 Wherever he's gone in his career, Mark Melancon has found success. In his first year with the San Diego Padres, he currently leads the major leagues in saves and was named the National League Reliever of the Month for the month of April. He and his wife Mary Catherine join the podcast to talk about how they met, what their 13-year major league journey has been like with Mark playing for several different teams, and how they've used their platform to share their faith. Mary Catherine was a college athlete, playing water polo at Notre Dame, so they also share about how having the shared connection of playing competitive sports has been beneficial for the marriage. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Skip and Lindsey Schumaker -Clint Hurdle -Daniel and Tori Murphy Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

May 25

40 min 1 sec

Episode 53 Bo Bichette is one of the most exciting young players in baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays shortstop is part of a young crop of players bringing talent and entertainment to the game. Bichette has also been a follower of Christ from a young age, and his faith has been what's kept him grounded as the spotlight got brighter on him during his baseball career. His father Dante Bichette played 14 years in major leagues and was a four-time All-Star and led the league in home runs in 1995. He grew up around major leaguers and from an early on dealt with the pressure to perform at a high level because of what his last name was. He talks with Matt and Leslee about dealing with that pressure, how important his faith is to him as an athlete and a person, how he deals with comparison, and what motivates him as an athlete. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Clayton & Ellen Kershaw -Daniel & Tori Murphy -Jack Flaherty Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

May 18

30 min 56 sec

Episode 52 One of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the Big 12 in recent memory, Mason Rudolph now plays quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, serving as Ben Roethlisberger's backup. Rudolph starred at Oklahoma State from 2014-17, where he was the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner, given annually to the nation's top senior college quarterback. He was named the 2017 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bobby Bowden Award winner and was also named the 2017 Camping World Bowl Game Most Valuable Player. He was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburg Steelers, where he's made nine starts in place of Roethlisberger. In this conversation, he talks with Matt and Leslee about the role his father and coaches have played in his life as an athlete and a man, the lessons on leadership he's learned along the way, how his faith plays into it all, and much more. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: — Rickie and Allison Fowler – Sports Couple — Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw & Wife Ellen — Skip and Lindsey Schumaker – MLB Couple

May 11

39 min 49 sec

Episode 51 Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in the major leagues, and he and his wife Ellen work to have as much success in humanitarian efforts off the field. A three-time Cy Young Award winner, eight-time All-Star, and 2020 World Series winner, the Los Angeles Dodgers star and his wife participate in a number of charity and missions projects each year through his organization Kershaw's Challenge. They've been on several international relief trips and since the 2013 season, he's hosted a ping-pong tournament called Ping "Pong 4 Purpose" that features high profile celebrities and raises money for Kershaw's Challenge. In December he wrote an op-ed for CNN.com on Human Rights Day describing how he and Ellen joined with the International Justice Mission and other organizations to urge the Dominican Constitutional Court to declare child marriage unconstitutional. Clayton and Ellen talk with Matt and Leslee about the humanitarian work they've done and continue to do, share some baseball stories, and talk about how their relationship started and is grounded in their faith in Jesus. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Skip and Lindsey Schumaker -Brian and Diana Roberts -Matt and Leslee on Marriage Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

May 4

31 min 54 sec

Episode 50 Daniel and Tori Murphy have been through a lot together — a 12-year baseball career, three children, and a couple breakups early on that brought both of them closer to Christ and each other. They joined Matt and Leslee to talk about all of that much more. Throughout his 12-year major league career, Daniel was selected to three All-Star Games, won the Silver Slugger Award twice and was the 2015 National League Championship Series MVP with the New York Mets. During his career, he and Tori were active in giving back to the communities where he played. In 2019 and 2020 when Daniel was with the Colorado Rockies, Tori organized an event with other Rockies player wives to help give prom dresses to foster children. Now retired, Daniel and Tori share what led to the decision to hang up the cleats and what life has been like without baseball in the mix, including Daniel returning to college. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Josh and Ginger Willingham -Brian and Diana Roberts -Skip and Lindsey Schumaker Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Apr 27

41 min 12 sec

Episode 49 Rick Barnes is the head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. He's put together one of the best coaching careers in recent memory with 727 wins, 24 of which have come in the NCAA Tournament. He coached Texas to the Final Four in 2003. He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2019, the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year in 2018, and a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year while serving as the head coach at Texas. In this conversation he talks with Matt and Leslee about how he entered the coaching business, how he builds lasting relationships with his players, what his coaching philosophy is, and how important it is to serve others. He also shares how he got saved while watching a Billy Graham crusade on television as well as the story that led him to stop cursing during practices. This is a vulnerable conversation where he opens up about chasing career success instead of contentment in God for a season, but he also shares how God redeemed him out of that. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Mike Boynton, Oklahoma State Basketball Coach -Nick Graham -Kansas City Royals Manager Mike Matheny & Wife Kristin Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Apr 20

41 min 24 sec

Episode 48 Rest is something we recognize we need but we're not always great at doing it. Seth and Tori Bolt are here to help provide a way to do just that. Seth is a member of the popular band NEEDTOBREATHE, but when he's not touring or making music, he and his wife Tori operate Bolt Farm Treehouse, a company that provides relaxing getaways in luxury treehouses that Seth built himself. The first treehouse he built, in fact, was designed for their honeymoon. In this conversation, Seth and Tori talk about what it means to seek and find true rest and why our bodies and souls need rest. They also share their unique love story, how they make their marriage work amid their busy schedules, and how they prioritize their relationship with God in their marriage. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Matt and Leslee Holliday on Marriage -Mike and Kristin Matheny -Rickie and Allison Fowler Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Apr 13

44 min 34 sec

Episode 47 Matt and Leslee close out Season One of the podcast by reminiscing on each episode and what stood out to them with each conversation. They're taking a break during March and will be back on April 13 to celebrate one year of the show launching and kick off Season Two. The next season will feature much of the same conversations on faith, leadership, marriage, parenting, and the life of a professional athlete, but will also feature more focused series on different topics. Be sure to catch up on any Season One episodes you missed and make sure you're subscribed for when Season Two launches in April. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Matt and Leslee Holliday on Marriage -Sean Casey -Ben Roethlisberger Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Mar 2

1 hr 6 min

Episode 46 Josh Willingham played 11 seasons in the major leagues with stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals. He hit 195 career home runs and won the Silver Slugger Award in 2012 when he hit a career-high 35 home runs and drove in a career-high 110 runs. He and his wife Ginger met in high school in Florence, Alabama and began dating while in college. Together they have three sons Rhett, Ryder, and Rogan. After he retired following the 2014 season, Josh and Ginger started the Josh Willingham Foundation, which helps at-risk children and provides support to organizations that combat child abuse. In this conversation they talk with Matt and Leslee about their faith, Josh's career, their charitable involvement during and after Josh's career, and how they both followed God's discernment to know when it was time to retire. Josh and Ginger also talked about parenting and what has made their marriage last. -- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Brian and Diana Roberts -Mike and Kristin Matheny -Matt and Leslee Holliday on Marriage Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Feb 23

41 min 53 sec

Episode 45 Brian Roberts played 14 season in the major leagues, mostly with the Baltimore Orioles, where he was named an All-Star in 2005 and 2007. He spent his final season with the New York Yankees. He and his wife Diana married in 2009.  In this conversation, they talk with Matt and Leslee about their faith, their marriage, and how God is at the center of it all. Matt and Brian reminisce on some baseball memories, and the Roberts family talks about parenthood and adopting a child. The four of them also share some fun stories about romantic gestures they've done for their spouse. --- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Skip and Lindsey Schumake‪r‬ -Adam and Jenny Wainwright -Matt and Mackenzie Carpente‪r‬ Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Feb 16

40 min 11 sec

Episode 44 Mike Matheny is the manager of the Kansas City Royals and was previously the manager for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-2018, where he managed Matt Holliday and led the team to the 2013 World Series. He also led the Cardinals to three straight National League Central championships. He played 13 seasons in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, and the San Francisco Giants and was a four-time Gold Glove winner at the catcher position. He and his wife Kristin met while they were both student-athletes at the University of Michigan, and Mike tells the funny story that led to him meeting Kristin while in Ann Arbor. Mike and Kristin share some stories of their marriage, which included having five kids in seven years during Mike's playing career, and they talk with Matt and Leslee about what it's like to navigate and professional sports career while also trying to start a family. He opens up about some real estate ventures the went south and led him into debt but how God worked through that and other hard seasons with he and Kristin. He also shared some thoughts on his coaching philosophy that center on how he relates to his players. Mike and Kristin are often engaged in charitable work, primarily through his Catch-22 Charity, which was founded in 2003 while he was playing in St. Louis. He often publishes blog posts on his personal blog.  During the month of February, Matt and Leslee will be talking all about marriage with several different couples. --- If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Mike and Michelle Shildt -Clint Hurdle -Adam and Jenny Wainwright Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories intersecting sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Feb 9

44 min 52 sec

Episode 43 Matt and Leslee share what's helped them have a successful 20-year marriage. They talk about making vows and sticking to them, the importance of centering a marriage on Christ, and forgiveness. Matt played for 15 years in the major leagues and their marriage has withstood all the travel and upheavals that his career has brought. They have three sons — Jackson, Ethan, and Reed — and one daughter, Gracyn. Leslee is back in school working toward a seminary degree. "I think the great thing about a Christian marriage or marriage built on the principles Scripture is we get a chance to participate in the ways God participates with us," Leslee said. "We can forgive because we've been forgiven." During the month of February, Matt and Leslee will be talking all about marriage with several different couples. If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: -Matt and Leslee on Transitioning to the Offseason -Matt and Mackenzie Carpenter -Matt and Leslee's Story Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Feb 2

38 min 47 sec

Episode 42 Dave Dravecky's story is one of finding hope, courage, and perseverance in the midst of deep uncertainty. In 1988, he was in the peak of his Major League Baseball career. Pitching for the San Francisco Giants, his Opening Day win was overshadowed later that season when doctors discovered cancer in his throwing arm and had to remove half of his deltoid muscle. He came back a year later, defying significant odds. Despite being told by doctors, “Short of a miracle, you’ll never pitch again,” he pitched a 4-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds in his first start back, but sadly his comeback lasted just one more start. In his next start against the Montreal Expos, his arm split in two. His career was done. After his comeback and fall from the mound, the cancer returned. The arm refused to get better and he was forced to retire in November 1989. His arm, shoulder blade, and the left side of his collarbone had to be amputated for fear the cancer would spread and possibly take his life. In this conversation, he and his wife Jan share stories of his career, the season in and around his cancer battle of career-ending injury, and how their faith has been shaped by all of it. It's become a platform for him to share his story of hope through suffering and how his faith in God has been strengthened.  Dave and Jan founded Endurance with Jan and Dave Dravecky, a nonprofit organization located in Colorado, and he's the author of "When You Can't Come Back." You can learn more about Dave and Jan's story here: https://www.davedravecky.com//mystory? If you enjoy this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: -Mike and Michelle Shildt -Gio and Suzy Llerena -Adam and Jenny Wainwright Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Jan 26

1 hr

Episode 41 Mike Shildt is the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, a role he's been in since July 2018 when he took over for Mike Matheny. He's been in baseball his whole career, including time spent as the manager of the Memphis Redbirds and as an assistant coach at a number of minor league organizations. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Charlotte and had a successful head coaching career at West Charlotte High School. He was named National League Manager of the Year with the Cardinals after helping lead them to the Central Division title and has led the team to the postseason in both of his full seasons as manager. He and his wife Michelle got married in March 2020 shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the baseball season. He and Michelle joined the podcast this week to talk all about being newly married during the pandemic, how the team responded when the season was put on hold, their faith and how their marriage is built on it, and parenting. Shildt also talked about how his faith impacts him as a baseball manager and how never dreamed his career would take him all the way to being a Major League manager. If you enjoy this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: -Skip and Lindsey Schumaker -Matt and Mackenzie Carpenter -Clint Hurdle Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Jan 19

50 min 33 sec

Episode 40 Rickie Fowler is one of the world's most premiere golfers, boasting five PGA Tour wins and top three finishes in each of the four majors. His 2014 season was highlighted by second place finishes at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, as well as a third place finish at the PGA Championship. He also finished second in the 2018 Master's, and was the 2010 PGA Rookie of the Year. Allison Stokke Fowler is an accomplished pole vaulter and fitness model. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and competed on the school's track team. She competed at two NCAA Division I Championships and earned All-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. She is now a professional pole vaulter and model for Nike, Athleta and other brands. They joined the show to talk about how they maintain their close relationship despite busy schedules that often require both of them to be on the road, the world of professional sports, the work ethic it takes to be one of the best in the world, and not settling.  Fowler played college golf at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where the Hollidays now live and he was a neighbor of the Hollidays in Jupiter, Florida. If you enjoy this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: -Thane Marcus Ringler -Chris and Lauren Pronger -Brendan and Martha Hansen Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Jan 12

44 min 2 sec

Episode 39 Skip Schumaker is a former Major League Baseball player whose career spanned 11 seasons, including stints with the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. He was a member of two World Series championship teams with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011, when he was a teammate with Matt Holliday. The San Diego Padres hired Schumaker in 2017, a little more than a year after he retired, as their first-base coach, a role he served in until the 2020 season, when he was promoted to associate manager. Skip and his wife, Lindsey, have remained good friends with Matt and Leslee, and joined them on the podcast this week to talk about baseball, family and faith. Lindsey and Skip also shared their experiences with infertility, and Skip and Matt reminisced on some funny memories during their time playing together. If you enjoy this conversation, we know you'll enjoy these as well: -Matt and Mackenzie Carpenter -Lance and Cara Berkman -Adam and Jenny Wainwright Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Jan 5

53 min 22 sec

Episode 38 Thane Marcus Ringler grew up in the heart of America, in the small town of Hutchinson, KS.  After playing for four years at The Master’s University (in CA), he turned to competing in the ranks of the professionals. He played for over three years as a professional golfer, competing all over the world and alongside some of the best in the world (such as Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott). He is the author of "From Here to There: A Quarter-Life Perspective On The Path To Mastery."   If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: - Adam and Jennie Wainwright - Ben Roethlisberger Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Dec 2020

44 min 52 sec

Episode 37 Matt and Leslee share their favorite Christmas memories.  If you enjoyed this episode, we know you'll love these conversations as well: - Adam and Jennie Wainwright - Ben Roethlisberger Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com

Dec 2020

38 min 7 sec

Episode 36 Alex Sogard is the head baseball coach at Wright State University. He and his wife Arlie are our guests today with Matt and Leslee as we talk baseball, family and faith.  Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Dec 2020

57 min 30 sec

Episode 35 Husband and wife Stephen and Amanda Miller are parents to seven kids. Together, they have built a large following on YouTube with over 680,000 subscribers to their channel.  Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Dec 2020

54 min 51 sec

Episode 34 Today, Matt and Leslee talk to Chris and Lauren Pronger. Chris played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League with Hartford, St. Louis, Edmonton, Anaheim and Philadelphia from 1993-2011. In 2000, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player and was a member of 6 NHL All-Star teams. In 2007, he led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup Championship and in 2015, he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Blues announced they will retire Pronger's No. 44 during the 2020-21 season. Chris and his wife Lauren join us to talk about hockey, marriage, family and life after the NHL.  Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Dec 2020

1 hr 2 min

Episode 33 Nick Graham played high school basketball with Matt and is regarded as one of the top basketball player development specialists in the country. He grew up around college basketball and credited his dad, Paul's tenure as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for developing him as a basketball teacher. Nick would go on to play college basketball at Washington State.  Since 2008 Nick has worked with his own company, Nick Graham Player Development, contributing to the development of thousands of players worldwide most notably, Jimmer Fredette, Trae Young, a handful of other NBA players and hundreds of Division 1 college players.  Nick is also the author of "God x Basketball," a devotional aimed at character development. You can learn more about Nick by checking his website GodxBasketball.com.  Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Nov 2020

35 min 19 sec

Episode 32 Today Matt and Leslee talk to Sean Casey. Known as "The Mayor" Sean played 12 MLB seasons with the Reds, Indians, Pirates, Tigers and Red Sox. He was a 3-time All-Star and in 2012, was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Sean is now a baseball analyst with MLB Network and one of the best story-tellers around.  Table Forty is part of the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. For more stories of sports and faith, check out SportsSpectrum.com.

Nov 2020

46 min 2 sec