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An Interview with Former Gamecock Baseball Player Tim Seaton

Tim Seaton (2002-2003) arrived in Columbia by way of Manatee Community College (now State College of Florida - Bradenton) in Bradenton, FL in the fall of 2001.  While at South Carolina, Seaton was a valuable asset to the Gamecocks' defense, primarily playing a defensive specialist role as the right fielder in late innings. Seaton also saw action on the mound, and was 7 of 8 on stolen base attempts.   

What is your favorite personal moment in a Gamecock uniform?  Catching the last out in the 2002 Super Regional against Miami for a trip to the 2002 College World Series.

What is your favorite moment from your entire baseball career - from little league on?  "The Comeback" against Miami in the 2002 Super Regional. Miami fans had their keys out in the top of the 9th thinking it was all over. Thank you, Danny Matienzo.  [Miami C Danny Matienzo was behind the plate for the wild pitch and passed ball that gave South Carolina the go ahead and final runs of the game that sent the Gamecocks to Omaha, winning 6-4.]

What team moment at Carolina stands out the most to you as you look back today?  Beating Clemson twice in the 2002 College World Series to send them home.

Which player or person most inspired you to be the best baseball player you could be?  My father. He was the man that taught me the game I love.

What did it mean for you for Carolina to win the 2010 National Championship, and do you wish the 2002 College World Series offered the opportunity for a best of 3 against the Longhorns?  At first, it was a little bittersweet, to be honest with you. But after about five minutes I was happy for Coach Tanner and all of our Carolina family. Of course I wish we were given a three game series with Texas in 2002. Would it have made a difference in the outcome? Not sure, but I know we could have used one more day's rest. We played our butts off that year and left it all on the field. 

What are you doing these days?  I am a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Tampa, and I also own a rescreen and aluminium repair company.

*A special thanks from Skulls and Spurs and GABA to Tim Seaton for this interview.