Summer 2022

Rangers' Taylor Hearn gets postgame interview question from sister Robyn: 'Don't doubt God'

Rangers pitcher Taylor Hearn earned the start in Texas’ home opener against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, pitched four innings with six strikeouts and left the game when it was tied at one. The Rangers ended up losing 6-4 in 10 innings, but for Hearn, the most memorable part of the evening may have been what happened in the postgame press conference.

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Hearn was answering questions about the game when a familiar face approached the mic: his sister, Robyn, who is a sports director at KAUZ news in Wichita Falls, Texas.

With both Hearn siblings giggling, Robyn asked Taylor about how he settled into the game with her in the press box.

“I guess it’s being a big brother,” Taylor said, “you try to set the best example.”

He continued his answer later: “Hopefully, [I’ll] be able to let you know that, no matter what you go through, to not waver off your faith and definitely, definitely don’t doubt God, for sure. … To have a very supportive sister like you means a lot. You sacrifice a lot for me to be in this aspect, and I honestly can’t thank you enough.”

The exchange ended with each telling the other they were proud of the other.

Both siblings lean on their faith in God. They mention Bible verses in their Twitter bios (1 Peter 5:7 for Robyn, Psalm 91:16 for Taylor), and the 27-year-old Taylor was recently interviewed for an upcoming episode of the Sports Spectrum Podcast about his faith in Christ, as well as his baseball journey.

“[My faith] started with my mom. … She was the one that really put me and my sister on to God,” Taylor said on the podcast.

When Taylor injured his foot in the minor leagues with the Washington Nationals organization, he turned to his mom for advice. “She just kept telling me how, ‘When God has a purpose on your life, that’s when the devil will fight you the most,'” he said.

The Royse City, Texas, native made his major-league debut with the Rangers โ€” his hometown team โ€” in 2019, but it was in 2021 that Taylor had a career breakthrough. He appeared in 42 games last season with 92 strikeouts and a 4.66 ERA. He also sensed God most at work in bringing him to Himself last season.

“Twenty twenty-one was such a big year for me,” Taylor said on the podcast. “That’s when I really found the inner peace with God from a baseball aspect. Like I said earlier, it’s so hard because we want to play God so bad and no human can, because we don’t know what He has in store for us. We don’t know what He has lined up for us. I know in the Bible, it talks about how He prepares a table in front of your enemies.”

 

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Taylor says he plays with gratitude for all God has done in his life and with a purpose to honor Him. He will seek to continue to live out his faith in the big leagues with his favorite childhood team.

His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers’ four-game home series with the Angels begins Thursday.

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