Bormaster, a catcher with the Lansing Lugnuts,
was an enthusiastic participant in visits to schools and the local Boys &
Girls Club while making a series of appearances in support of the Oldsmobile
OK Kids Program and HOPE Scholarship Fund. At the ballpark, Lugnuts officials
say he was always the first to volunteer his help with autograph signings and
"fantasy" camps. The 24-year-old was selected by the Blue Jays in the 26th
round of the 2004 draft and has batted .237 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI in
three seasons since.
Lugnuts beat writer for InsideTheDome Chad Hillman had this to say regarding Brian: “Brian was a guy that enthusiastically did whatever was asked of him. It can be a chore at times to find guys to catch a ceremonial first pitch, and he would sprint to do it. He would sign autographs constantly and he would even stop and say hello to people in the stands. Talking with him, he understands that the little things that he does for people such as an autograph or saying hello means a lot to a kid and some adults as he is a professional player.
InsideTheDome publisher Bobby Vangelatos had the following to say about this year’s recipient of the Community Outreach Award: Like you would expect with someone that wins this type of award, Brian has been outstanding in assisting our site with content. Whether it was an online chat session, a player journal, an off-season interview, or simple post-game quotes to our writer, Brian never said no. He truly is a deserving recipient of this honor and we wish him the best.
Below is our interview with Brian…
InsideTheDome: Brian, tell me a little about this community service award and what it means for you to receive it.
Brian Bormaster: It means a lot. Last year I was the community service person for our team (in Auburn), and this year I was in that role for the Lugnuts. I actually won the organizational award this year. It means a lot to me. Anytime that you get noticed for the time that you put in to help people, and hopefully help change peoples lives, it means a lot. It reflects well on you as a person, and it means a whole lot to me.
InsideTheDome: Is this going to be your first trip to Toronto Brian?
Brian Bormaster: I went once when I was 14, but I don’t remember much. This is going to be my first real one and it’s going to be a great experience. I can’t wait.
InsideTheDome: What are some of the things that you did to win this award Brian? I know personally having seen you on the ball field, you were always running out to catch the ceremonial first pitch, or sign autographs, or just talk with people, but what were some of the things that you did off the field to earn this award?
Brian Bormaster: I made quite a few appearances at schools this year. I talked to some middle school children and some elementary school children. I just talked to them primarily about school and they would ask questions about what it takes to get to where I was at and all of that. I also made some appearances with the little leagues signed autographs, and talked to them a little bit. I did all of those things, but I think overall just being nice to people and talking to them is what really means a lot to people.
InsideTheDome: The last time I had a chance to talk to you, it was after the first game of the West Michigan series. I didn’t get a chance to talk to you after the team was eliminated, but what do you think was the downfall for you guys in that series?
Brian Bormaster: I give a lot of credit to West Michigan. They had a really good ball club. They were solid, the whole team. Their pitching was good, their hitting was good and their defense was great. We didn’t play bad, we just didn’t have our best baseball there when we needed it. You can’t really put it on one thing. It’s a team effort and we just didn’t have the firepower that we had in a few other games.
InsideTheDome: With the off season upon us Brian, what are some of the things that you learned over the course of a 140 game season, and what do you feel you need to work on in your off season conditioning?
Brian Bormaster: First and foremost, my conditioning is going to be school. I’m going to finish that. This year I want to continue staying strong. I thought that I did a really good job the past off season staying strong, but I also want to work on my agility and quickness. Hopefully I can get a little quicker behind the plate. I’m going to hit also. I’m going to take a few months off, but I’m going to hit. I want to try and get my swing to be more consistent because it was up and down this year. Hopefully we can get that take care of.
InsideTheDome: What are you going to school for Brian?
Brian Bormaster: Psychology major.
InsideTheDome: What year are you Brian? Are you in grad school or are you still in undergrad?
Brian Bormaster: I had instructs the last three years, so I couldn’t finish my last three classes that I have had for three years now. I’m finally finishing my undergrad.