The #5 ranked Gamecock Baseball team is doing very well this year thanks to some talented freshmen starters. Additionally, newcomer (from junior college) third-baseman LB Dantzler is doing very well on the field, and fits in with the weird clubhouse vibe that the Gamecocks have with his whole "Fear the Fish" deal.
The Post and Courier has a nice story on LB's background here.
Dantzler must have listened, because he is enjoying the buzz surrounding his pet betta fish, Reptar, which he brought to Auburn late last month when his neighbor was unavailable to watch the fish. As word of the strange traveling partner hit Twitter, Dantzler smacked two homers in the series and decided to continue keeping the fish in the dugout or bullpen at games.
That's right. He brought his pet fish with him to a press conference. Baseball players are...different.He even brought Reptar — which he named after a character from the cartoon TV show “Rugrats” — into a postgame press conference during last weekend’s series against Alabama. By then, “Fear the Fish” T-shirts were being sold, with a garnet betta fish at the center of the USC’s black “C” logo rather than a Gamecock. Brad bought 15 of them and gave them to friends and relatives.
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