Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Yankees pitcher Adam Warren says there's freedom in Christ

Monday Night, the Yankees beat the Astros 8-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge homered and C.C. Sabathia pitched 6 shutout innings to cut Houston’s series lead in half.

But one of the key contributors to the Yankees win on Monday Night was reliever Adam Warren. The 30-year-old pitcher came in relief of C.C. Sabathia in Game 3 and proceeded to pitch 2 scoreless innings in helping the Bronx Bombers to their 5th win of this 2017 postseason.

Adam Warren grew up in a Christian home but it was a moment at 12 years old, when he attended a concert that changed his life forever.

“I knew about Jesus and his ministry,” Warren told Bruce Darnall, “but that night at the concert, they gave their testimonies and gave an altar call. At that point I felt my heart pulling to make a commitment to Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I really felt I needed to make that decision to ask Jesus into my life.”

Yankees Adam Warren throws a pitch in a 2013 game against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Warren’s faith is strong and says that the meaning of life and the answers that all of us need, can be found in God’s word.

“You have to ask yourself the meaning of life, why you are living.” Warren says in the book BASEBALL FAITH. “If you search for answers, it always leads to the same place, and you’ll find them in the Bible.”

Adam goes on to talk about the Bible verse that has impacted him the most in his life.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“I really like this verse because the world views Christians as weak and timid, but here is God saying the opposite,” Warren shared in BASEBALL FAITH. “Be strong and courageous. We’re not called to be pushovers. This verse presents a pretty cool picture of the men we are supposed to be. He calls us to be the strong men that sometimes we get away from. This verse gives you confidence to do that.”

Adam says his relationship with Christ allows him to understand sacrifice and true love.

“For me, a personal relationship with Christ is realizing the sacrifice God has given even though we are undeserving of his grace and mercy,” Warren told Bruce Darnall. “We are all sinners and for God to send his Son to die for us is so special to me. It is true love. My relationship with Christ allows me to live for others and to glorify God.”

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the ALCS Tuesday at 5pm ET.