Sean O’Brien fulfills lifelong dream by inking with ‘Noles



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Sat. November 14, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

There was never any doubt which school Sean O’Brien would attend.

He was born and raised a Seminole.

“My friends tell me I brainwashed him at a young age,” said Sean’s father, Marty, a die-hard ‘Nole.

Earlier this week, O’Brien, a standout infielder for Clearwater, signed a letter-of-intent with Florida State, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder will be a four-year starter.

In each of his three previous seasons, he batted above .300.

“He’s so excited about it,” Marty O’Brien said.

He should be.

Florida State doesn’t have a typical program. Year in and year out, the Seminoles are contenders to reach the College World Series.

Seminoles coach Mike Martin arguably is the best in the business.

The Florida State graduate is one of only four baseball coaches in NCAA history to win 1,500 games at the Division I level.

“That certainly helps,” Marty O’Brien said. “They’re always a top-20 team.”

Sean O’Brien will join his older sister, Alanna, at the school. He plans to enroll next summer. As of now he is undecided on a major.

O’Brien carries a 4.6 GPA.

“If he didn’t sign with FSU, we don’t know what we would have done,”  Marty O’Brien said. “That’s where he wanted to go, even if he wasn’t playing any sport.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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