Family comes first for BC outfielder

Leanne Cave

For Sean Alexander, this season has been a time for healing.

As a returning All-Conference centerfielder and the 2001 Most Valuable player for the Renegades, Alexander could have made baseball his only priority.

Instead he chose family.

He did not hesitate to go to a Las Vegas hospital to be with his younger brother Ryan, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March while participating in a baseball tournament in Las Vegas.

Even though several conference games were missed, Alexander’s top priority came into focus.

There are more important things in life than the game of baseball.

Mike Alexander, Sean’s father, said that the two are more than brothers.

“They are 18 months apart and are extremely close and have always supported each other,” the older Alexander said.

“They have never been jealous of each other because they both have been successful in sports. They are best friends,” he said.

The 19-year-old baseball player enjoys watching his younger brother play for the Centennial High School team.

“One of my favorite things to do when I’m not going to school or playing baseball myself is to hang out with my friends and watch my brother Ryan play baseball,” Alexander said.

“Sean is one of our team leaders,” said Tim Painton, BC baseball head coach

“He is our go-to guy. He is an outstanding baseball player that helps to stabilize the team when he’s in the line-up,” he said

“But when Sean found out about his brother there was no hesitation, he knew, the team knew, that he needed to be with his brother and family at this time. Family is more important.”

He is back with the team now that Ryan is on the upswing.

“Ryan has been strong and positive throughout this and it has been harder on me than him,” Alexander said.

“My dad is going to pick him up Wednesday and bring him home.”

Along with being there for Ryan, the sophomore has showed tremendous leadership even though he has been hampered by a hamstring injury most of the season.

The injury has been bothersome, but he continues to play even though it is sore.

“I chose to attend BC because it has a great baseball program and because ‘Coach P’ prepares players for the next level,” Alexander said.

“It’s close to home and I can get general education out of the way.”

An exceptional student athlete, he maintains a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in liberal studies at a four-year college or university.

Right now three impressive baseball programs, Fresno State University, Texas Tech University and San Jose State University are scouting Alexander.

According to Painton, Alexander has what it takes to make it at the next level in baseball as well as in life.

“Alexander is an outstanding player, an outstanding young man with his priorities straight and a first-class citizen,” he said.

“You can’t be those three without being someone special.”