He’ll soon become a Cincinnati Bearcat, on a baseball scholarship, and it’s for a few reasons.
Nate Meyer says he loves the city of Cincinnati. He loves the baseball and academic facilities at UC.
He also loves the fact his parents went to Cincinnati.
But college can wait for the time being. Nate is finishing his senior season with the Bishop Watterson Eagles baseball team. He’s a shortstop who may become a 3rd baseman or an outfielder for the Bearcats.
And yes, he’s Urban and Shelley Meyer’s son.
In fact, he’s the youngest of their three kids, meaning the Meyer’s will soon have a home free of kids… except, of course, for their grandson who lives just across the street.
While Meyer has become one of the great college football coaches of all-time, he’s just as passionate about baseball. Nate Meyer played high school football at Watterson, but Nate says baseball is where he bonds best with his dad.
“I try not to get into his work with him a lot because that’s his whole day. He loves to talk about baseball. That’s, I think sometimes, his favorite sport.” Nate says.
Meyer played some minor league baseball after college, in the Atlanta Braves organization, and says he learned baseball from his father. Urban says he and Nate have spent ample time in the summers bonding over baseball.
“I think when I took him to Cooperstown, just a father-son trip… we went to Cooperstown, New York for the field of dreams tournament and watched them play and be a part of that. It’s maybe the best 10 days I’ve ever had.” Urban says.
Having a famous father can be a challenge for a kid, especially in athletic circles. Nate says the positives far outweigh any pressures he might feel. He has stood on the sidelines for Ohio State’s many football championship games during Urban’s tenure. Nate posed for a family photo with President Obama after the Buckeyes won the 2014 National Championship. He’s sung Carmen Ohio on the field with his parents after wins over Michigan.
Saturday morning Nate and his parents went through Watterson’s senior day ceremony, joining his fellow senior teammates for a moment of recognition, a few tears and some sharing of memories. While his father’s often busy with recruiting and the day-to-day management of a college football powerhouse, he’s made sure he’s attended his son’s games as much as possible. And Nate’s noticed.
“Even though he puts in these long hours he still finds the time to come to my games and be the greatest dad on Earth, so we still have this really strong connection,” Nate says.