Brian Giebel

Brain Giebel has been playing for the River Falls Fighting Fish since their inaugural season in 2008 and is the team’s career leader in just about every category, including home runs (43), runs batted in (322) and games played (396). He jokes that he’ll keep playing as long as his wife lets him. Bob Burrows / Star-Observer photo

Name: Brian Giebel

Team: River Falls Fighting Fish

Age: 33.

How long have you been playing town ball?

Sixteen years now. Two years in Spring Valley and ever since they moved to River Falls and became the Fighting Fish.

What do you do in the real world?

I coach and work with kids. I coach a couple camps in the summer, and then I work with baseball players at C1 Athletics in Hudson.

What do you love most about town ball?

I love to compete, and it's fun being with the guys and getting to play against a lot of good college players and feel young. And it's really good baseball. It’s fun to play against 18 year-old kids going on to college, and then there's guys in their 30s and even in their 40s. It's just a fun atmosphere.

Do you have a favorite memory from town ball?

I’d say the state championships, probably the 2011 one. Last year was fun too but that first one with that group that kind of started town ball together in River Falls was special. That’s probably my favorite.

How much longer do you see yourself playing?

As long as I feel good, I think I’ll keep playing. So you never know when that's gonna happen-- an arm or a back starts to go or whatever. But I’m still feeling good. It takes a little more in the winter to take care of myself. And I guess the other thing is as long as Tia, my wife says it's OK. Our boys are getting bigger.

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