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Maybe Mark Grace deserves to be treated with some grace

This early in the Lenten season, it seems appropriate to be contemplating the value of grace.

Naturally, i'm talking about Mark Grace. What does Lent have to do with the Diamondback's former broadcaster?

Well, among many Christians, it's considered a time of reflection and sacrifice and repentance.

I'm sure Gracie would be among the first to acknowledge all of that needs to be an important part of his life right now. In case you haven't heard, "right now" consists of Mark Grace by day, on the baseball field as a D-backs coach at the team's Talking Stick spring training facility and by night a convicted two-time DUI offender sleeping in the cold confines of Tent City for his four-month sentence.

There are some who feel he got special treatment because he's Mark Grace. Some who have been critical of the Diamondbacks management for giving him a second chance after firing him as a broadcaster.

There was another guy a long time ago, who drove drunk during a blizzard. I just didn't get caught.

So for those of you who want the book thrown at Mark Grace, "let he who is without sin, throw the first slider."

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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