By Kevin Eickman
At the conclusion of last year’s Milford baseball season, MilfordLIVE.com had a chance to speak with coach Nick Brannan about his team. One of the players he offered high praise for was shortstop Tommy Jordan, who will be returning as a senior this season. “Tommy is the type of player that is always getting better, always working at perfecting his craft,” Brannan stated. “He is the type of player committed to winning, the type of player any coach loves to have.”
Part of the work that Brannan referred to is of the off-season variety, such as the recently completed little league season. Playing for District I, Jordan got a chance to travel to South Carolina to compete in the Big League World Series of Little League Baseball. We had a chance to catch up with Jordan and discuss his summer adventure as well as his hopes for the upcoming year.
When asked about the World Series, Jordan sounded very thrilled with the entire experience. “It is something I’m never going to forget, it has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old. It’s something very few players get a chance to do and I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a good team and a great bunch of guys,” stated Jordan.
While the competition aspect of the event was enjoyable, there were other elements of the trip that Jordan also enjoyed. “It was great meeting all the different people, we bonded real will with Puerto Rico, Canada and Florida. They were all on the same floor as us and we had a great time getting to know each other,” Jordan stated.
Jordan is looking forward to his senior high school season and beyond, keeping an eye towards the future. “I really want to continue to play baseball in college, it is something I am hoping that I have the opportunity to do,” Jordan said. “I would like to focus on education and some day would like to be a guidance counselor so I can help others.”
Speaking about playing for Milford, Jordan really likes the entire atmosphere of the squad. “We are a real tight knit family, always looking out for each other,” said Jordan. “I think that it’s important for players to like each other because of the amount of time they have to spend together.” Jordan also enjoys playing for Brannan. “Playing for coach Brannan is great, he is not just a great coach but a great person as well,” Jordan stated. “It’s not just about baseball with him, he really cares about you as a student and person, that’s very important.”
When talking about the mentors in his life, Jordan was quick to give credit to his father. “My dad has been there from day one, helping me become a better player and a better person every day,” Jordan said. “But it’s not just about me, my father has helped so many other kids achieve their potential as baseball players.”