Christian members of America’s World Series baseball champion team have given all the glory to God for their success. The Texas Rangers have won the coveted title for the first time in their 63-year history. The team’s longest-tenured coach Tony Beasley said “What a blessing. God is so good. Anyone that interviews me or gives me an opportunity to speak, God’s going to receive the glory.”
A core group of veterans led the way to a 5-0 whitewash over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final , but Christian rookies like Evan Carter and Josh Jung played a crucial role in the team’s historic run, which included an 11-0 record during road games during the series. CBN News reports their faith has been on full display the entire season.
Just two months ago, Carter wasn’t even on the roster, spending most of the season in the minor leagues. But by the time the post-season started a month later he was a starter and the number-3 hitter. “This is just an unbelievable experience. What a group of guys to experience it with. I’m blessed to be here. It’s unbelievable. What a dream come true,” Carter said after they became champions.
The 21-year-old rookie outfielder marketed and proudly wore team T-shirts with the words Jesus Won, front and centre. As Carter became more popular, people began asking for the shirts. So he and his wife, Kaylen, partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who originally made the shirt, to sell more. “Our mission is to use the platform that baseball has blessed us with to give back to our community in Carter County, Tennessee,” he wrote, to promote the shirts.
Carter grew up in a Christian family in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and participated in his church’s youth group. His youth minister and coach, Jason Holly, told the Baptist Press that Carter was a “phenomenal athlete,” but “with his faith, he’s always stayed steady. He was grounded in the Lord, and he had his eyes, his ears, and his heart the right way.”
Kaylen Carter opened up about the couple’s faith in God saying, “All the glory to God. Without Him, we wouldn’t be here.” The Christian faith of Rangers Pitcher Jose Leclerc has also been on display in the World Series as he boldly proclaimed Jesus Won by wearing a Carter T-shirt.
Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy praised the youngster for his character on the field and his joyful spirit. “The patience and discipline he had. That’s not something that just happens. He’s worked at it. That’s what he does all the time. He tries to shrink the strike zone and make pitchers come to him. He doesn’t panic at two strikes. He just gives you quality at-bats. He’s advanced for his age. That’s why he is up here,” Bochy explained.
In response, Carter said: “It’s not worth doing if you’re not having fun. It’s the job that you chose, so you better love it. I do. I love the game and I love playing, I love competing, so, really, it’s a joyful thing for me.” Just before Carter was called up to the major leagues to play, he told reporters he was grateful to God for the opportunity to play on his childhood’s favorite team. The Texas Rangers organisation shared Evan Carter Has Arrived on its social media pages with photos of the rookie in his Jesus Won T-shirt.
Jung’s biography on social media platform X reads, “Baseball is what I do, not who I am,” and “Competitor for Christ.”
“I gave my life to Christ in my freshman year of high school, and then in my freshman year of college was the first time I took that step of a personal journey with Him,” Jung said in 2020. “My three years in college were awesome in many ways, but the thing that really hit home with me are the memories from sharing my story with God to others.”
Meanwhile, many Rangers fans are posting on social media one major reason they’ve supported the team so fervently. They point out that the Rangers are the only major baseball franchise that has refused to host an LGBT Pride night, saying they’re grateful the organisation honoured God in that way.
The team says: “Our commitment is to make everyone feel welcome and included in Rangers baseball. That means in our ballpark, at every game, and in all we do, for both our fans and our employees. We deliver on that promise across our many programs to have a positive impact across our entire community.”