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Handwriting on the Wall
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Posted: June 14, 2024
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    Coach Ryan Christenson’s lineup cards and a drawing showing Frank White (Ryan Christenson via AP)
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    Players look forward to the handwriting on the wall as long as Coach Christenson is in charge of writing. (Ryan Christenson via AP)
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    Coach Christenson drew player Chad Pinder on deck. (Ryan Christenson via AP)
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Ryan Christenson is a coach for the San Francisco Giants baseball team. He found a way to make game day more fun. He turns lineup cards into art!

Lineup cards are lists that show which players will play and in what order they’ll bat in a game. Usually, a manager or coach creates these cards.

Coach Christenson could just write out the lineups in boring, regular letters. But he doesn’t. He uses a fancy way of writing called calligraphy. He writes in roughly 10 different styles.

The coach even has his own color system for the lineup cards. Right-handed players? Their names are in black ink. Left handers? Red. Players who use either hand (called switch hitters when they’re at bat) are blue.

“It’s something that the players kind of get a kick out of,” Coach Christenson says.

“He’s an artist,” says New York Yankees star Juan Soto.

It doesn’t take Coach Christenson long to make his works of art. Most cards take him 15 minutes, but he spends 30 minutes on more complicated designs.

Coach Christenson has always enjoyed art. He learned about calligraphy as a little kid. His grandma gave him a calligraphy pen. He taught himself to use it throughout childhood.

“I’d pick it up and then put it back in the closet and find it and bring it back out and doodle a little bit around with it and kind of learn just the basics of how it worked,” he says.

Now Coach Christenson’s artwork makes baseball more exciting. His players look forward to seeing his lineup cards.

The team sells the artsy lineup cards after games. Prices start at $75.

God gives us gifts and talents too. How can you use the gifts God gave you to bring joy to others?

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. — 1 Peter 4:10