Nov. 30, 2009
Brian Pointer recently signed his national letter of intent to join the Oregon State baseball team for the 2011 season. He is a native of Reno, Nev., and attends Galena High School.
As a junior, he posted 11 home runs, 41 walks, 14 stolen bases and 33 RBI. He was named first-team all-league after last season, also earning first-team all-league honors his sophomore season. Pointer is related to Allie Reynolds, who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1942-54 with the New York Yankees. His grandfather, Arnold, played football and baseball at Oklahoma.
The Reno senior recently chatted with osubeavers.com to talk about his excitement of becoming a Beaver, what his first impression of OSU baseball was and what it means to be a baseball player in the community.
Q: What made you so interested in Oregon State? What was your biggest attraction to the school and the team?
Brian Pointer: “OSU has made it to the College World Series three times in the last five years. They have a proven program. OSU academics, faculty and students have an outstanding reputation. I like the family feel of this college town and this baseball family. The fans are supportive and treat the players so well. OSU has a well-respected coaching staff.”
Q: Tell me how it felt to sign your letter of intent? What was that experience like for you, your family and your friends?
Brian Pointer: “Signing my letter of intent with OSU was truly a dream come true. It was a very proud moment and a feeling of great accomplishment for my family, friends, and me. All the hard work was paying off. It is an honor to become one of the newest members of the baseball family.”
Q: Now that you have signed, what is your goal for your senior season?
Brian Pointer: “I work very hard every day on becoming a better student of the game and training to improve my skills and abilities. I would like to help lead my Galena High School team to reach the state finals and play for a championship this season.”
Q: What was your first impression of the coaching staff and how did that change, if any, during the recruiting process?
Brian Pointer: “I was always in awe of the OSU baseball coaching staff ever since I first saw them at the 2006 College World Series in Omaha. I never thought that one day I would really get to meet them. I never thought that I would eventually get a chance to play for them. You cannot imagine how excited I was to get my first letter of interest from the OSU coaching staff. They are genuinely good people, stressing the importance of being a good family man, work ethic, and playing with the highest degree of honor, integrity, and respect. I have listened to and read comments by graduates, former players, parents, family and friends. They speak so highly of the coaching staff. The coaching staff and families have made exceptional contributions to their players' lives and in the community. During the recruiting process, I was impressed with the amount of respect, admiration, and attention the coaching staff attracted from other athletes, coaches and programs. My interaction with them and watching other athletes and coaches interact with them showed me how committed they are to the athletes they coach, to the program, and to their community. It made me feel proud and honored to be an OSU recruit.”
Q: What is your first memory of Oregon State and why?
Brian Pointer: “I was on a youth baseball team that was playing in a big tournament in Omaha during the 2006 College World Series. We went to go see OSU play North Carolina for the championship series. I remember thinking, ‘How does a kid like me from Reno, Nev., get to play for a team like that at OSU?’ I could only imagine myself playing for OSU in a series championship game like that. I saw that John Wallace was also from Reno. I wondered how he was able to get there. I thought that maybe if John Wallace was able to play for OSU, and if I worked hard, that maybe I might have a chance to get there too, someday.”
Q: Did you watch the 2005, 2006 and 2007 College World Series? What about Oregon State do you remember?
Brian Pointer: “I was at the 2006 College World Series during the championship series between OSU and North Carolina. I remember OSU being the underdogs. People were not expecting OSU to win. I remember the gritty character of the players and their heart and determination to win. I remember seeing ‘Beaver Believer’ banners and signs all over the place. I remember thinking how cool it would be for a Northwest Pac-10 school to win the College World Series. I have been following and rooting for the Beavers ever since.”
Q: What’s the thing you enjoy most about baseball and why?
Brian Pointer: “Baseball is a difficult and challenging game. It takes a lot of self-discipline to be successful. The game motivates me to keep getting better. The skills and self-discipline that I learn on the field carry over to help me be a better person off the field.”
Q: Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Brian Pointer: My parents are the biggest influence in my life. They help keep me grounded. They remind me how important self-discipline is when trying to balance my life both on and off the field. My parents remind me to be humble, always, to be respectful and considerate of others, and to show compassion for others who are less fortunate than I am.”
Q: What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you’re not playing baseball?
Brian Pointer: “I like camping, hiking, hunting, relaxing at the Lake and outdoor activities. I like playing flag football and other recreational sports. I like to travel. I like to watch funny movies.”
Q: Are you a superstitious person? If so, what are some things you have to do every day or before a game?
Brian Pointer: “I can be sometimes. I don’t particularly have anything I have to do every day or before a game. Even if I did, I couldn’t tell you because that might be bad luck.”
Q: What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Brian Pointer: “I’m really good at playing checkers.”
Q: If someone asked a good friend of yours to describe you, what do you think they would say?
Brian Pointer: “They would say I have a good sense of humor and that I am quiet.”
Q: Are you someone who has been active in the community? If so, what are some of the things you have done in the past?
Brian Pointer: “I am an ambassador of the sport of baseball. That means it is my responsibility to be a good student, to show self-discipline, to be a good role model, and to lead by example. What I do on and off the field is a reflection of my family, my community, and myself.”
Q: I assume that playing Major League Baseball is a goal of yours, but what else would you want to do once your playing days are over? Do you know what you’d like to study at Oregon State?
Brian Pointer: “I plan to study Exercise and Sports Science. One way or another I want to continue with the game in whatever aspect I can and give back to the sport and to the community. I want to be a good family man. Oregon State baseball is a great story and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The official home of Oregon State Athletics, osubeavers.com, will have more Q&A features with the Oregon State baseball signees. Make sure to check back often and read more about the players who will be wearing the orange and black in the future.