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Back home, World Series champion Ian Anderson ‘hasn’t changed in the slightest’ – The Daily Gazette

Halfmoon – Ian Anderson laughed thinking about it.

Yes, the sweatshirt and winter hat she wore on Friday celebrating the Atlanta Braves’ recent World Series win is just the tip of the iceberg. At home, there are all kinds of gifts from the past several months to what is still a relatively young baseball career that has already seen so much accomplished.

“I got too much. Too much,” Anderson said Friday of the mementos he collected. “I mean, I’ve accumulated so much over the season.”

The season ended less than two weeks ago for the 23-year-old from Rexford, when the Braves ended the World Series with a 7–0 Game 6 victory, with Anderson returning to pitch the following day’s Game 7. were ready. Anderson only wrapped up his Shenandoah High School career in 2016, and he returned to the capital region as World Series champion earlier this week. , , And with two carloads of gear from the season.

“They were packed on the sidelines,” Anderson said of the vehicles that he and his longtime girlfriend Audrey Schaefer — a fellow Shenendehova graduate — recently moved from Georgia to New York.

Anderson met with members of the media Friday at the Impact Athletic Center, a facility that recently opened and counts Tom Huerter as one of its co-owners. Heuter—a former Siena men’s basketball player whose son Kevin Heuter plays in the NBA and teams up with Anderson as youth and high school athletes—helped coach Anderson as a youth baseball player at Clifton Park. .

Huerter was one of Anderson’s few former coaches to appear at Friday’s event. Dad Bob Anderson—who won more than 300 games and a state championship as a high school coach at his alma mater Charlotte—apparently was Shenandoah head coach Greg Kristodulu, whose program led to a state championship with Ian Anderson in 2016. Won the championship. ,

3 overall pick in the 2016 MLB amateur draft, Anderson has become a name any serious baseball fan in the country knows from the past year and change. Since he made his debut in August of 2020, he has won 12 of 19 decisions, recorded 3.25 ERAs and dismissed 165 batsmen in 160 2-3 innings in regular season games – and he has been better in the postseason. He is 4-0 in the games that matter most, with 1.26 ERAs and 40 strikes in 35-2-3 innings.

Post-season success increased with Anderson’s Game 3 debut in the World Series, a game that saw him toss out five no-hit innings, concede a win and at least five no-hit innings in a World Series game. Became the first starting pitcher to record. Don Larson pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1956.

And . , ,

“He’s just one person. He’s so grounded,” Christodulu said of Anderson on Friday. “He’s still Ian Anderson, who just dropped out of Clifton Park and Shenandoah High School. He hasn’t changed in the slightest – and I don’t expect him to change. I don’t see it happening at all.”

Cristodulu credits Anderson’s mother and father, who flew one after another to watch the Braves’ final 14 postseason games in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and Milwaukee and celebrate the Braves’ moments after winning the world. ended up on the field. Chain. Anderson said celebrating on the field with his parents and girlfriend at Minute Maid Park in Houston was “probably the most emotional” moment of the night.

“It was special,” Anderson said. “I have to get a picture with my father holding the World Series trophy.”

Bob Anderson has often said that when his son is on the mound he is “living and dying” with every pitch, but mom Karen Anderson said that she had to somehow match her son’s pitch to other postseason games in the World Series. It is easier to see than that.

“I was really cool for the World Series compared to the last two playoff series,” said Karen Anderson, who – like her husband – is a retired teacher. “I think it was because that was; they would either win or lose, but they were still playing in the World Series.

Karen Anderson said “it’s clear and it’s cool” that one of her four sons is a celebrity.

“But I try not to think about him too much because he’s still there at the end of the day, Ian,” said Karen Anderson. “He comes home and wants me to cook him dinner, so I try not to get into all that stuff.”

Same goes for Ian. After several days of non-stop celebrations after the Braves won in early November, the thrill of this week was playing a round of golf, and the only plan for the immediate future is to relax and plan a vacation.

“I haven’t thought about when I’m going to get the ball yet,” Anderson said.

At some point, he wants to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown to see individual items from the World Series sent there, a collection that includes a baseball he pitched in Game 3. The area to spend time around the capital is also a priority.

“It certainly means a lot to know that I’m coming home, and I have all that support,” Anderson said.

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