“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Phillipians 4:13
The lights at T-Mobile Park in Seattle illuminated the field as Tommy Edman walked to the plate for the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was tied and he had runners on second and third with two outs in the 9th. On the two strike pitch, Edman stepped into the box and swung at a changeup, launching it into the left field seats and sending the dugout into an elated eruption. As he rounded the bases with a smile on his face, he had become an instant Cardinal fan favorite in what would become an impressive rookie year. But behind Edman’s success is the driving force that has helped him get to where he is today: his faith.
From California and a graduate of Stanford University, Tommy Edman has always been a hard worker as he strives to attain his goals. Being the son of a baseball coach, Edman’s love for the game was instilled in him from a young age. His father, John Edman, didn’t allow baseball to be the only thing for Tommy. He made sure to instill faith into Tommy’s Heart.
“We have always prioritized getting to church each week, and my wife and I have tried to be in small group Bible studies whenever possible. We try to practice what we preach…being kind to others, offering help when others need it, praying for and with others who could use some, treating others with respect.”
As Tommy rose through grade school and high school, he made the decision to attend Stanford University. As he impressed on the field, it was also at Stanford that Edman says he accepted Jesus for himself.
“I started to have that more personal relationship with Jesus my Junior year of college. I had a couple of mentors in college that worked with Christian athletes and helped me throughout the beginning stages of my relationship with Jesus, and that was the foundation. And these past few years I’ve been working to increase my faith.”
Not only was it at Stanford that Edman would make faith a priority, but also where he would meet his now wife, Kristen. Through a mutual friend, Tommy and Kristen were able to connect. Soon they were talking each day and eventually began dating. As they got married after the 2019 season ended, Tommy has emphasized keeping his faith a priority in his role as a husband.
“We make sure we’re praying, incorporating our Christian faith into our day-to-day activities. Whether that’s prayer before eating, praying before bed. I think it’s so important for when we have kids too that we have faith instilled in them early so that it just becomes a part of their life before they even realize it.”
Soon after his college days ended, Tommy Edman was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Rising rapidly through the minors, Edman would make his debut just three years later in front of family and friends at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. As he continued to impress on the field, his name was being penciled into the lineup day after day as he became one of the most productive Cardinals hitters.
Being a part of the Cardinals has played a large part in strengthening his faith. Throughout his time in St. Louis, being around guys like Adam Wainwright, Matt Wieters, Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, and former manager Mike Shildt helped Edman stay grounded and focused throughout the lengthy 162 game baseball season. The atmosphere of faith and community that was built in St. Louis laid the groundwork for many men on the team to perform at the highest level and to prioritize who they are off the field as well.
“We have a 365 day Bible Reading Challenge with some guys, and it’s great to have a group of guys that you’re going through that same journey with. I think it is important to find someone who pushes you and supports you in your faith.” Edman was also given the opportunity to speak at the annual Cardinals Christian Day, where he talked about living like Jesus. “I view myself as trying to be a servant. If I’m a believer, I try to live my life like Jesus. And like how Jesus came to the earth as a servant, I view myself in that servant role and see how I can help other people and place their needs above my own.”
Tommy says that he is always looking to use his platform as an opportunity to lead others to Jesus. He emphasizes how he is constantly looking to encourage and inspire all those he interacts with. “All we can do is plant the seed and trust that God will do the rest in leading them towards Him.”