LSU baseball star Brayden Jobert comes home to Slidell

LSU baseball star Brayden Jobert comes home to Slidell
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It was a full-circle moment for LSU’s Brayden Jobert.

With his sister Reese at his side, the baseball national champion signed autographs on July 8 in the gym at Northshore High, where his road to LSU began.

It was also his parents’ 23rd wedding anniversary, but more importantly, it was officially “Brayden Jobert and LSU Baseball Day” in Slidell.

“I have very few words,” Jobert said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s everything that I dreamed of when I was a kid. I’ve got the whole community behind me, and I’m super blessed for that. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Jobert, a 2019 Northshore graduate, was critical to LSU’s seventh College World Series Championship, batting .286 (14 for 49) in 13 postseason games. He belted four home runs and scored 10 runs while driving in 11 runs. His biggest game came in the series-clinching victory over Florida on June 26 when he went 4 for 7 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.

He ended that game with a two-run homer to score the final two runs in an 18-4 LSU victory. For the season, Jobert hit .301 with 14 home runs, 49 RBI and 40 runs scored.

“Northshore built me,” said Jobert, who just finished his junior year at LSU. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Northshore. Coach (Glenn) Rivero was my coach here, and he did an amazing job with me. I’m thankful for every single person I met here. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, and everyone helped me become a better player.”

Family affair

While Jobert was the main attraction for the hundreds of LSU fans who showed up to celebrate the hometown hero, it was a moment years in the making.

A big part of Jobert’s success comes from his parents, Jacques and Amy. And the fact the city of Slidell named a day after their son on the couple’s anniversary was just another layer of joy.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am right now without my mom, my dad and my sister. My entire family. And I have a huge family,” Jobert said. “They have had my back through thick and thin. It’s so nice to know that you have people behind you, no matter what happens. That drives me to keep doing it for my family.”

Jacques, who runs an indoor baseball training facility, said he knew when his son started coach-pitch baseball that his natural swing was special.

“He’s an extremely hard worker,” Jacques said. “A lot of people think that he is the way he is because of who I am. It has nothing to do with me. I just throw to him. He wanted to work. I never had to force him. He just had the heart and drive to be successful. It’s extremely hard, and he’s put in the reps to be good at it.”

Storybook ending

Saturday’s event was the culmination of what has been a monumental outpouring of love and support from the community.

“Our community just loves my kid,” Jobert’s mother, Amy, said. “Baseball is so up and down, and it’s been such a stressful year as his mother. Today couldn’t have made me more happy to have our community loving and backing him like I do.”

Jobert saved his best performance for last as he set career highs in hits (4), at-bats (7) and runs scored (3) in Game 3 of the CWS Finals. Jobert, who was a 2021 JUCO All-American at Delgado Community College before moving to LSU, also hit a two-run home run in his final at-bat of the Tigers’ season.

“I went up to the plate, and I stood in the box,” Jobert said. “I did a 360 and just looked at everything around me and took it all in. I just thought to myself, ‘Wow, I’m really here right now.’ I ended up hitting a homer, so I had to enjoy it for a second. It was a really cool moment for me and my family.”

Amy added: “When I saw the smile on his face after he hit the home run, I knew that meant pure joy, and there is nothing more that I wanted for my kid than to be happy. That was the icing on the cake.”

Signature smile

After that home run, Jobert’s smile was plastered on TVs across the nation, and he wore that same smile on Saturday as he signed pennants, baseballs, caps, shirts and more for fans of all ages.

“It’s been crazy,” Jobert said. “The amount of support that we’ve gotten has been unreal. LSU fans, especially from Slidell, are the best.”

His sister Reese agreed: “It’s still so surreal to us. He’s been dreaming of this since he was little, and now that he has finally accomplished it, we’re still on cloud nine. It feels like we haven’t even landed on the ground yet.”

Saturday’s event came before the family was set to head on a beach vacation — just the four of them.

It was to be a peaceful end to a whirlwind three weeks that saw Jobert drive in LSU’s final two runs during a national championship season. His work is far from done, though, as he prepares for a potential career at the next level.

Still, first things first, and that means savoring the spoils of his hard work.

“My advice to younger players is to take everything day by day. Don’t think too much about the future. I had trouble with that early in my career. Always remember who you are and where you come from. Today is a perfect example of that.”

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