Summer vacation isn’t exactly a vacation for everyone, but when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work either.
Bryant Bowen, a soon-to-be senior at Shreveport’s Captain Shreve High School, plans on turning baseball into a career. His family supports his dream and has followed him all around the country.
“I love it and that’s what I’m going to persue, Bryant said.
Bryant’s father, Jay Bowen is all in. He said,“We call it the ‘farewell tour,’ with all the tournaments going on.”
Right now, Bryant and his family are in New York City at an invitation-only event where Bryant is sporting a Mets’ jersey and playing against the best high school baseball players in the country.
“It’s exciting as a parent to know your child’s being looked at by a high level of baseball, but he’s put the time and work in.”
In these games, you can always find Bryant behind the plate, catching, though he was hesitant to start at that position.
“I hated it,” Bryant said. “I thought that’s where I shouldn’t play. I just kind of fell into it, and kind of picked up on it…just picked up on it, and (now), it would be hard for me to change…it’s what I want to do.
Although catching obviously takes a toll on the body, luckily it hasn’t hurt Bryant. He catches one-to-two games daily in these tournaments, but if he didn’t play that position….”I tell them if I played another position, I could play baseball for 24 hours straight.”
The love of the game, the dedication, and the hard work has brought this family close, and left them with some great stories along the way.
The Bowen family hits the road again this week, this time for the Big Apple… And you know what they say if you can make it there you can make it anywhere