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Video of Pope John Paul II taking batting practice is most assuredly fake, but still awesome (video)

Jan 23, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT


If there’s one thing we know about the late Pope John Paul II, it’s that he was a contact hitter in the purest sense — willing to move the runners along at the expense of his own statistics. That’s what being Pope is all about, my son. Also if he stole second base, he would immediately feel guilty and return to first.

He is also reputed to have had a sweet swing, and when he hit the ball it was as if the sphere was guided to the heavens by a choir of angels. Unfortunately there is no video record of this … until now. The video below is supposedly Pope John Paul II taking batting practice during a visit to California in 1987. The video was “released by the Vatican” in 2006, according to the YouTube description, and for some reason is making the rounds now. Why would the Bishop of Rome, the most important man in the Catholic faith whom millions rely on for spiritual guidance, risk a holy beaning? He wouldn’t: this video is most assuredly a fake. Good likeness, though.

The Pope did, in fact, visit California in 1987, and even performed mass at Candlestick Park and at Dodger Stadium. But I doubt that he grabbed a glove and ran to the outfield to shag flies. I also highly doubt that his itinerary allowed for a visit to a Grand Slam USA in Santa Cruz.


Of course as you can see, the Pope hits lefty, just like Pablo Sandoval. Hmmm, signs right, swings left?

  1. winkeroni - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Conspiracy theory! Pope John Paul II was good friends with Hall of Famer Stan Musial. Stan Musial batted left handed and may have possibly taught the Pope a thing or two.