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Jacob Tyler and Alexis Realmuto with their children in 2019.

Faith and family keep catcher for Phillies well grounded

The catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies is excited to be playing in his first World Series against the Houston Astros. However, his faith is still his top priority.

“I just thank God for giving me this opportunity to play this wonderful game that I love for a living,” J.T. Realmuto said. “ 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 went two-for-four and scored a run as the Phillies defeated San Diego 4-3, clinching the National League Championship Series for the franchise’s first pennant in 13 years.

He is second on the team in postseason hits and runs. 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. 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 it won it in 2008. The Phillies also defeated the Kansas City Royals for the 1980 championship.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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