Ragin’ Cajun DH Tyler Girouard Before Baton Rouge Super Regional [VIDEO]
Tyler Girouard decided to come back and play his senior year for Ragin' Cajun Baseball, and he finds himself in the Baton Rouge Super Regional.
You'd say the gamble paid off, right? Come back in a year that most people tried to label as a rebuilding period and end up playing the LSU Tigers in Alex Box Stadium. The senior leader of the Cajuns might not play on defense anymore, but he makes up for it with support and pure love for the vermilion and white. When you use the term "vocal leader," a picture of Girouard should pop up.
Shugg, as his teammates prefer to call him, has been a catalyst all season. Head Coach Tony Robichaux said that after a stretch of losses in walk-off fashion, Girouard was the one to respond when he told his team the staff wouldn't quit on them. Robichaux warned this year's team that other people might abandon them, but the staff would never jump ship. Shugg was the one to stand up and shout, "Coach, we're not going to quit!"
Did that moment give you chills? Robichaux admitted it got to him during one of his coach's shows.
If anybody doubts Girouard's passion, just watch whenever he was hit by a pitch against Houston to ensure another Regional victory. He launched the bat about a mile. In the interview, he claims he "blacked out" for a while. Can you blame him?
Enough talk from our end. How about hearing from the vocal leader of the squad. He touches on the obstacles ahead, how the team got there with the mix of young arms and experienced support, his bat tossing tendencies and whether or not he and Greg Davis would get along as room mates.
Intrigued? Dive right in.