Milwaukee (WXOW) – He’s among baseball’s elite—one of just 30 Major League managers. And, Scott Servais hails from a Coulee Region town of fewer than 800 people.
“Everybody’s passionate about their roots and where they’re from,” Servais said.
The baseball roots run deep for the Seattle Mariners manager.
“The focus in Coon Valley was always the ballpark.”
That focus shifted through Servias’s college career at Creighton and stints in the “Bigs” with the Astros, Giants and Cubs—a career that saw him in focus behind the plate of one of the most iconic home runs in baseball history: when Mark McGwire broke the single season home run record in 1998.
While Servais’s career has branched out across the country, his roots remain firmly planted.
“The Park, the Coon Valley Park is a special place and I know it’s had its rough goings with the flooding and everything else that’s been going on.”
No place like home
For Servais, the vivid memories his hometown produced will weather any storm.
“It was just a community place,” Servais said. “It was just about this time of year it was the annual Chicken Fry Day. Everyone would show up and you’d have the tee-ball games, Little League games, Pony League, Legion ball and it was semi-pro ball by the time the night went out. It was just baseball all day long. It was one of those days you look forward to as a young kid.”
Servais said memories like this speak to the very nature of baseball in the Coulee Region. It’s a dedication to the game he shares with his current West Coast colleagues.
“I was telling people on the way in, back when I was growing up every town had its town team made up of guys who played college ball or some even beyond that a little bit,” Servais said. “My son had an opportunity to play for the Loggers when they won a championship…so baseball’s had deep roots in the La Crosse area.”
An area that roots hard both for their team and one of their own.