For Servais, it's a family affair

Published On: Jul 17 2012 07:17:06 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis -

Early on a gameday morning, Tyler and his dad Scott Servais are at La Crosse Central High School, working on his swing.

This is a city Tyler is more than familiar with. He grew up in Colorado but came to La Crosse to visit his grandparents every summer.

"At least once a year, once or twice a year usually," Tyler said. "Every other Christmas and we'd come every other year in the summer for about a week."

Scott Servais played in the majors for 11 years and now serves as the assistant GM with the Los Angeles Angels. He graduated from Westby High School in 1985.

"Growing up here, I think the baseball was a big part of my life. In Coon Valley, a town of about 500 people when I was growing up, there wasn't a whole lot else to do," Scott said. "Playing in the Stars of Tomorrow Tournament was a big deal. Getting to play against teams from Chicago, Milwaukee, teams that come in was a big deal."

So when an opportunity came for Tyler to play for the Loggers, they ran with it.

"Well it was actually an idea that I had thought about, my family had thought about, because I had actually came to a Logger game two years ago, and thought OK maybe this is something I could be doing down the line," Tyler said.

"When we talked to [Loggers General Manager] Chris Goodell, he was all excited about it, and it was a good fit," Scott said.

Growing up with a father that played professionally at the Astrodome, Wrigley Field, and Copeland park certainly had its benefits, but it also wasn't easy.

"It's fun, I think at times it's hard on him. Just because of what I did," Scott said.

"I feel like we've gotten a lot better at it in the last year or two," Tyler said. "I think in high school we had a lot of times where we would struggle and I'd get frustrated with him and he'd be frustrated with me.

"What's changed? I got away. I went to college!"

Together or apart, Scott has one hope for his son.

"Just to enjoy the game. Have fun playing it, play it as long as you can," he said.

"It makes me feel comfortable, knowing that I don't have to live up to certain standards that he's setting or not setting. And I just know that I have the support of my parents in whatever I want to do," Tyler said.