WACO – Mason Greer has been around the game of baseball all his life, and grew up as the son of former Texas Ranger, Rusty Greer.
While Mason was born towards the end of Rusty’s career in the major leagues, he could not help but be attracted to the game.
“He retired when I was young, but I got to see him a little bit and watch videos,” Mason said. “Just looking at him – and he was obviously a good player, so I kind of weighed down.”
Having a father who played nine years in Big’s is a great luxury to have, when it comes to mapping your own course, to get there.
“I keep telling him I’ve been where you’re trying to go. And I can help shorten your learning curve, but that’s a warning, sometimes because I’m a dad so he does not always listen, ”Rusty said with a laugh.
For Rusty, it’s about helping Mason be the best ball player and teammate he can be.
“Being around my dad, he always talks baseball and tries to, as he says, ‘shorten the learning curve,'” Mason said. “So he’s helped me get out every day and be the best player and best teammate I can be.”
The work ethic instilled in Mason was immediately apparent to McLennan Head Coach Mitch Thompson, who saw Greer hit the ground running as soon as he joined MCC, earning the honor of being team captain in his first season.
“I told the guy you work really hard, and I appreciate that,” Thompson recalled from a conversation last fall. “I said it’s always great that some of the better players on your team are the hardest workers on your team.”
Rusty became acquainted with Thompson when Mitch was Baylor’s assistant, recruiting players such as Max Muncy from Rusty’s D-Bat team in the mid – 2000s. Greer is excited that Mason will spend a year playing and learning under Thompson.
“As much as they train and play – and that’s baseball – you can not help it get better,” Rusty said. “Then you connect it with the coaching team they have. I think there is one that is a real recipe for success in the diamond. ”
McLennan serves as the spring board for Mason to the next level and serves as a perfect example of what Thomspon wants his program to be about.
“He’s always happy,” Thompson said. “He shows up every day with a good positive attitude. He really looks at this as: ‘This is my chance to play to get better at improving myself and use this as a springboard’ and that’s what we always preach to the guys. ‘
While Greer obviously wants to jump from MCC, he is looking forward to an entire season that will hopefully end with a JUCO World Series title.
“Of course we want to go to Grand Junction, and that will be good,” he said. “But I just want to get out here and make good relationships with these guys, have a good season and learn from these coaches.”
After a series of postponements and cancellations, Greer and MCC will be back in action on February 18 in the Cleburne tournament. The Highlanders play their first home game on March 10 at Bosque River Ballpark.