Phillies ace, Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola says Jesus is 'everything you need'

A few years ago, Aaron Nola needed quite a few things — a confidence boost, or maybe a better fastball, for starters.

In 2018, with an 11-2 record, a 2.41 ERA and a legitimate shot at the NL Cy Young Award for the upstart and potentially playoff-bound Philadelphia Phillies, Nola seems like he doesn’t need anything.

Just don’t tell that to him.

Not only is Nola the unquestioned ace of a Phillies staff that features former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, but he’s also an unabashed Christian who’s acknowledged that God is all he truly needs. The 25-year-old righty confirms as much in Rob Maaddi’s “Baseball Faith,” a collection of 52 testimonials from MLB players:

“The Bible has all the answers. It tells you how to live … It’s all about faith in the Lord and putting Him first. He’s always with you. You’re in this together. You’re never alone. He’s everything you need.”

In the book, Nola also highlights Proverbs 20:24 — “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” — as one of his favorite verses.

As Maaddi documented on Twitter this week, Nola’s walk-up song during his starts for the Phillies is “I Am Second,” by the Christian band Newsboys.

The pitcher himself has alluded to his faith via Twitter as well:

– Carson Wentz pledges free food for Philly, raises $850K in the name of Jesus
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– 5-time World Series champion Andy Pettitte shares his story of sports and faith
– Giants’ top prospect Tyler Beede says Christ controls his future