Brewer's dream becomes reality
Two-time District 9-A MVP Alex Brewer's love for the game of baseball and his endless work to become the best paid off Wednesday when he officially committed to Vanderbilt University on National Signing Day at Forrest.
"This is remarkable. It's once in a lifetime. This is incredible," Brewer said. "I've been waiting for this for two years, I've just tried to stable myself and I've just kept trying to work as hard as I can to get this. This has been a good day."
There were several schools recruiting Brewer over the last couple of years, but he never had a doubt that his choice would be the Commodores, mostly because of his respect and admiration for Vandy coach Tim Corbin and his staff.
"It wasn't really about the national championship they won two years ago," Brewer said. "More importantly it's about the staff and the head coach and who they are. Coach (Scott) Brown, coach Corbin, coach (Travis) Jewitt are just amazing people, they truly are. I hope to grow a great friendship with all of them."
Brewer sports a 3.8 GPA at Forrest and is undecided on his major at this time.
Another legendary Forrest baseball player and current Atlanta Brave Mike Minor also attended Vanderbilt and by remarkable circumstances, grew up on the same street a few doors down from Brewer.
"I've talked to Mike in the past couple days and he gave me some advice about going to Vanderbilt," Brewer said. "He told me to work very hard (and) don't quit. There will be rough times and you'll come over steep hills, but you'll accomplish a lot, so don't quit when you come up against those steep hills."
Brewer's work ethic and love for the game is apparent with his year-round work that has included stints with the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs scout teams.
The shortstop, who projects to play third base in college, also has been a member of Team Tennessee the past two years where the squad finished second both times at the Sun Belt Classic in Oklahoma.
"It definitely gets repetitive and sometimes not very fun," Brewer said of all the baseball. "But at the end of the day, it's crazy. I just love the game. I love everything about it."
Brewer has earned back-to-back selections to the Tennessee Sports Writers all-state teams and Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association all-state team, which also included a selection as one of three finalists for that organization's Mr. Baseball award.
Brewer has played on a host of travel ball squads, most recently with the Nashville Knights.
He and the Rockets have some unfinished business before he heads up to the West End in Nashville, most notably repeating as district and region champs and making a return trip to the state tournament. The Rockets went two-and-out in the 2013-2014 season in which Brewer belted a game-winning home run at Summertown in the state sectional game.
Forrest also came up one game short of a Spring Fling appearance in 2012 and last year, were beaten both times by a masterful job on the mound by former Cornersville ace David Looney in the sub-state, both times at Forrest.
"The past three years have been remarkable. I can't say anything bad about it except falling short of the state tournament a couple times," Brewer said. "This year is our year. I'm determined, we're determined, so our mindset is unbelievable and I can promise you, we'll not fall short of sub-state this year."
Brewer was quick to thank all of his family for their endless support, especially his parents (Lea Ann and Steve), brother Zack (Martin-Methodist senior baseball player), his grandparents Marvin and Janice Moore and his uncle Jeff.