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Kier Meredith ended up at Clemson as something of a consolation prize. The uber-athletic high school was drawn lower than he had hoped, in the 28th round of the Chicago Cubs, and with the help of his father, he made the decision that Tigertown was where he should continue his athletic and academic career.
“I wanted to go to junior college, but my father decided that if I went to college, I might as well get a good degree. When he said that, the decision was pretty clear to me. ”
Meredith’s father died two years ago after 10 years of illness. This tragedy shook Meredith’s world. He and his father had a very close relationship. The outfielder listed his father as his childhood hero on his profile on ClemsonTigers.com.
The relationship between father and son was about baseball, as the two spent a large part of their time driving to and from tournaments and reminiscing about games. Despite the tragedy the young ball player has experienced, he uses his father as inspiration.
“I saw him wake up every morning and go to work when he was not feeling well, and he always made ends meet. When he passed, as strange as this may sound, it gave me a head start because baseball was our thing, and I saw him fight through cancer, organ failure and deal with everything while never making excuses. ”
During his time at Clemson, he has had many reasons to make excuses or feel dissatisfied with his experience. He missed most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to injury, and after a hot start to the 2020 campaign, the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He hit a team-high .364 through Clemson’s 17 games.
Despite all that frustration, Meredith keeps his head up and continues to strive to be the best player he can and get the most out of every opportunity.
“I developed an attitude and a perspective that there was nothing I could do about it, and a lot happens outside my control. I developed an understanding of the game, because it can be and has been taken from me so many times. ”
Meredith started playing baseball when he was three years old, just one year after he somehow learned to ride a bike at the age of two. His love of baseball and the dreams and ambitions he shared with his father keep him motivated to always give everything for his goals.
“I do not owe him anything, because he always reminded me that he was proud of me, but it would be sweet to fulfill our dreams of me to play in the big ones. It gives me an advantage that when I do not want to work hard or when I want to take a day off, I think of him. ”
Everything he does is about working as a baseball player. He chose to major in psychology because of the common saying that baseball is 80 percent mental. He hoped studying psychology would give him a better understanding and more control over his mind so that he could use it as an added benefit on the court.
Meredith, who can always be seen around Doug Kingsmore Stadium with a smile on her face, has spent her college years working through adversity, but fourth-year Tiger maintains an extremely positive attitude.
With his remarkable work ethic, he is ready to carry some of the progress in 2020 into the 2021 season and pursue his dreams while continuing to make his father proud.