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The New Face of San Diego Sports Shares His Faith

26-year old Padres first baseman Wil Myers plays with a hitter's rare combination of speed and power while eagerly and publicly describing himself as a "follower of Jesus.” Read Transcript


San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers

is hitting his stride as baseball's next big achiever.

Surging from can't miss prospect to All-Star first basemen

with that player's coveted mix of speed and power.

Brother, that's a rare commodity.

How much of that do you think is gifting?

Growing up, it always kind of came easy to me.

You know, training is definitely a huge factor,

especially once you get to this level

where everyone else is just as talented.

So it comes down to just being able to work hard and just

improve your game.

It took time and opportunity for Wil.

Three years following his Rookie of the Year season

with Tampa Bay, his career took off

after arriving in San Diego.

You had your breakout season last year.

What do you attribute that to?

Just being healthy again.

I've had good years leading up until my rookie year

and was hurt two years in a row.

So you know, last year was one of those things where

I was just finally healthy again, healthy

for a first full big league season.

So the most important thing for me is playing 162 games.

Because once I can do that, I know I can put up good numbers.

For the city of San Diego, one is the loneliest number,

after losing their only other sports franchise to recent NFL

relocation.

The Chargers leave town.

You're now the face not just of the Padres,

but of San Diego sports.

How does that strike you?

Well, it's pretty cool.

It kind of came to me pretty randomly.

But I'm very excited about it, very

excited about the opportunity.

I think the biggest thing is just don't

let it kind of get emotional.

Keep the emotions out of it.

Just go out everyday and play your game.

Don't think of it as, you know, the face of San Diego sports

or whatever.

But it's still the same game I played

when I was five years old, and it's still the same game

I'll play until I retire.

Humility, I mean, that could get tested in this.

Where is humility for you?

Yeah, it's a big deal, especially in baseball,

especially with a game of failure.

You know, as soon as you get pretty cocky,

you're going to struggle.

It's just I've seen it over the years.

I've seen how it works.

But the other thing is too, you know, along those lines,

you never want to doubt yourself.

You know, you want to be one of those guys that is confident.

When you're on the field, you've got

to think you're the best player.

Because you know, that's what it takes to put yourself

in the best mindset to succeed.

26-year-old, you're the veteran.

What advantage do you gain by that opportunity?

I'm not sure yet.

I'm going to find out this year.

But I'm very excited about this team.

It's not going to be one of those things

where I go out and try to tell everybody what to do,

try to force leadership.

If I can share some things along the way, I will.

But I think for them, what would be best for their career is

to learn from experience.

Wil has, and along the way he also confronted his faith

with authenticity.

You go to your Twitter page.

The name of Jesus of all names is there standing by yours.

Why do you include Him?

Yeah, you know, I've been a real believer since 2012.

I grew up in the church, but didn't really take my faith

seriously.

I was able to be roommates in triple-A

with a guy named Terry Evans who's now

the chaplain for the Braves.

He took me under his wing and showed me

what it was like to be a true believe, not one of those guys

that kind of just claims and doesn't live for it.

It's a lifestyle now, and you go out every single day

and live for Him.

Who has He become for you?

Well, Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

He's the one who died for your sins.

So he's the guide to make disciples

of all nations for Him.

And you know, you go out there, and every time you

get that voice in your head to talk about Him,

you just got to do it.

It is tough to be to be a believer.

Because you know, you go through those times

God's asking you to do something and you're

very hesitant to do it.

But it's one of those things where you just

got to suck it up and do it, because that's

what you're called to do.

Devoted and thriving, Wil Myers

rises to the game he loves and to the Christ he follows.

And His role in your baseball career, practically,

how does that play out, Wil?

I don't get on the line and take a knee and pray

before the game and stuff like that, you know, for the show.

But six months ago I really started

to read the Bible every night.

And I like to kind of keep it to myself.

Especially when I want to learn and dive into the Word.

You know, we don't have a chance to be

able to go to church every Sunday,

so we have to make our own church in the clubhouse.

So we have a group of five or six guys

that hold people accountable.

And you live your life, you live it for Him.

And that's what you need in this game.

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