LANSING | Anyone who knows Brian Seymour's passion for baseball isn't surprised to see the T.F. South shortstop carrying a bat over his shoulder.
But if someone were to look again, it might be a fishing pole draped over his shoulder. The past year, Seymour developed a passion for fishing. His partners are teammate Dan Lindich and former teammate Danny Janowski, who is a senior at Marian Catholic.
“It is just so relaxing, and we have a good time,” Seymour said. “You just spend some good time with friends, catching fish, and we don't really talk baseball.”
Seymour said the trio fishes at the local spots, but they have gone to Lake Geneva, Wis.
“It is more than just catching fish; it is about the camaraderie,” Seymour said. “We just get so much enjoyment out of it. We get up early, 5:30 (a.m.), go out before school, after a game. After a tough loss, that is the best thing to do. It really relaxes you. And you have to have patience to wait for the fish to bite.”
He said they do not use worms.
“We use lure bait,” Seymour said. “Worms make it too easy. We use plastic frogs, different kinds of lure.”
He said it does relate to baseball because patience at the plate is a key to being successful.
“You wait on a pitch, try to figure a pitcher out,” Seymour said. “You have to be focused.”
The South Suburban recruit has been successful at the plate, leading the Rebels in hitting with a .413 average. He has 19 hits and has scored 14 runs. He also has six stolen bases in nine attempts.
Rebels coach Matt Tiffy has nothing but praise for his captain.
"Seymour is the heart beat of the team," Tiffy said. "He's a hard worker, that rubs off on his teammates. I've been lucky enough to coach Brian for four years. He's always got a smile on his face and is just a great influence to his teammates and to students. Next year, it will be hard not to pencil him into the lineup, but also to see him in the hallways."
Seymour, a four-year varsity player, said part of being a captain is working with the younger players. Recently, the Rebels have been on a roll, winning seven in a row after Thursday's 11-4 victory at Argo.
"I know from when I was a younger player how well the older guys treated me,” Seymour said. “I try to pass that down to the younger kids. It is a family here and you show the ropes and help the younger guys who might need some confidence.”