The Condordia-St.Paul Golden Bears have added a set of twins to their 2017-2018 roster. These twins don’t go by Minnie and Paul and won’t be playing their home games at Target Field (yet).
Ross and Ryan Bastyr are joining the Golden Bears next season after both signed their National Letter of Intent early last week. Although twins and living under the same roof, the recruiting process was a little different than one may have expected.
“We recruited Ross and Ryan separately,” Concordia St. Paul Athletic Director and Head Coach Lunch McKenzie said. “They wanted to be treated as individuals. From our end, it was no different than having any other recruits in.”
When asked if they were a packaged deal, Ross and Ryan laughed and said “no”. Both Ross and Ryan said the coaching staff was a huge reason for their choice. Other than top-notch coaches, academics and proximity to home helped solidify their choices.
“My brother and I didn’t know that we would go to the same college,” Ryan said. “But it is the way the process worked out. I could not be happier to be teammates with him for another four years.”
Like the Bastyrs, pitching coach, John Gaub, also had the privilege to play baseball with his brother.
“Some of my best memories were being able to play baseball with him,” Coach Gaub said. “The Bastyrs have a very special opportunity to continue playing together through their college years and I am very excited for the change to help these young men grow as pitchers as well as individuals.”