Starting on Opening Day by Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright is a regular contributor to The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.


It is a blessing to have the opportunity to pitch on opening day this year. I’ve had the unbelievable privilege to do this for five or six years now and it never gets old. Being chosen to pitch on opening day means our coaches see me as a leader on this team—this is a tremendous responsibility but it’s also such a treat and I want to honor God as I fill this role.


Each year opening day is different, with different expectations, different teams, and new excitement. Everyone has a perfect record before the season starts; the tempo can be set in either the wrong or right way during the first few weeks of the season and we’re looking forward to getting it right this year.


I am part of such an amazing team and I know we have the ability to win each and every year. As the season starts off and I see our fans begin to show up every day, believing in us, expecting victory, it motivates me to play my best.


Last year I missed five months of the season with a torn achilles. Thankfully I was able to come back at the end of the season, but when I missed out on that much time doing something I love—that I’ve spent the last fifteen years of my life doing professionally—it gave me a chance to realize how much I love baseball. I really do appreciate that I get to play baseball for a living!


I know that God made me to play baseball for a reason; I see baseball as my platform to share my faith in God—this means everything to me. Your words mean nothing if you’re not living out what you are professing that you believe. I want to portray that Who I’m following is worth following and I can only portray this if I am living an authentic life for Jesus. People take notice of what you do and say and I try to make my faith known—I try to be as authentic as I possibly can be for Christ. I want to be the hands and feet of Christ to others—both to other players and fans alike.


“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matthew 5:14-16


-Adam Wainwright


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