Saints' Real MVP: Cloquet's Thomas Jezierski

By KBJR News 1

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- If those attending any St. Scholastica baseball game the past four years haven't met Cloquet, Minn. native Thomas Jezierski, they have most certainly heard him.

"You don't have to play to be able to help the team," Jezierski says of his role with the Saints. "There's other ways on and off the field to help this team win."

He's what some call St. Scholastica's "Real MVP." Only having appeared in 28 games during his four years, Jezierski has carved out another niche with the Saints.

"It's yelling quite a bit," Jezierski said. "It's been a lot of fun, and it helps get the whole bench going."

"That's his personality," head coach Corey Kemp said. "He's a loose guy, and that's the role he's kind of played on this team. He brings some excitement to the group. He makes the dugout loud."

Depending on your seat in the ball park, you might not be able to see Jezierski in the Saints' dugout, but you will be able to hear him.

He makes no promises though, that you'll understand what he's saying.

"It just kind of comes out," Jezierski said of his in-game antics. "Sometimes it'll be there, sometimes it won't."

"Most of the time it's a bit of jibberish," St. Scholastica senior outfielder Kyle Flagstad said. "We've gotten used to it the past four years."

Jezierski received votes this season for team captain, something Kemp says he's never seen for a bullpen catcher who rarely sees action in games.

"You can look at the All-Americans we've had or the guys who have done great things on the field," Kemp said. "Well, he's one of the greatest we've ever had doing the dirty work off the field."

"This has been the greatest four years of my life," Jezierski said. "I wouldn't change it for the world, and that's all because of this program and this school. I can't say enough about it."

"He's the greatest teammate ever," Flagstad said. "He gets us excited to play, and he makes the game fun."

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