Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: 'The No. 1 Thing I Am Is a Follower of Christ'

  • Michael Foust Crosswalk Headlines Contributor
  • Updated Oct 25, 2022
Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: 'The No. 1 Thing I Am Is a Follower of Christ'

A veteran catcher who has helped propel Philadelphia to its first World Series since 2009 is a husband and father who says his Christian faith is the No. 1 priority in his life.

J.T. Realmuto batted 2-for-4 and scored a run Sunday as the Phillies defeated San Diego 4-3, clinching the National League Championship Series for the franchise’s first NLCS pennant in 13 years. In the Phillies’ 10-6 win over the Padres Saturday, Realmuto was 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and a home run.

Realmuto, 31, told FS1 he felt “blessed” to be heading to his first World Series.

“I just thank God for giving me this opportunity to play this wonderful game that I love for a living,” he said Sunday. “... I’m just so thankful for these amazing teammates [and] our families. … This moment is so special it’s hard to put into words.”

Realmuto is second on the team in postseason hits (10) and runs (10). He also has two home runs during that stretch. He batted .276 during the regular season with 22 home runs (third on the team), 26 doubles and 84 RBIs. His RBI total was a career-high, according to Sports Spectrum.

His Twitter bio reads, “Following Jesus Christ and chasing the dream!”

“It’s extremely important to me in life to know that the first thing I am … before I’m a father, before I’m a baseball player, the No. 1 thing I am is a follower of Christ,” he said in 2020 on the Faith on the Field Show podcast.

Faith, he said, brings him peace.

“Especially in today’s day, being able to fall back on that relationship with Christ, if that’s the center of your life, all these problems that you’re going through, all these worries that you have, always seem a lot smaller,” he said. “You can always have faith in Him that He’ll be there with you to get you through that.”

Although Philadelphia lost the 2009 World Series (to the Yankees), it won it in 2008 (over Tampa Bay).

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.