WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Baylor baseball player whose fans include superstar Elton John was among the 6 players taken in this year's MLB draft, tying the most successful year for Baylor since 2012.
Second Baseman Josh Bissonette, whose dad, Matt, plays bass for John, was selected in the 31st round Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In May, Sir Elton John along with the rest of the band which included Bissonette's father sent a video message of good luck for the player on senior night as his dad was forced to miss due to touring.
“Hey Josh, we hear you’re graduating on Saturday and we would like to say from Vienna how fantastic, brilliant, well done, congratulations go hit a home run, love you Josh,” the musicians said.
Bissonette says John has long been a fan of his play on the diamond.
“He is always asking my dad how I am doing, if I am doing well at the plate, if I have made any good plays or anything he is just a great guy,” Josh said.
“I can’t say enough just how grateful we are that he gave my dad the chance to fill that bass player spot.”
Matt Bissonette left North Texas State University in the early 1980s to join Maynard Ferguson’s band and has toured with a number of artists including Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, David Lee Roth and Joe Satriani.
He stays busy these days traveling the world with Sir Elton, but he still finds a way to support his son even from thousands of miles away.
“He is the most supportive guy on the planet,” Josh said.
“It will be like four in the morning and no matter where he is overseas he is there behind his computer screen watching every second of the game.”
Biissonette was followed in the draft by junior right-handed pitcher Luke Boyd taken in the 38th round by the Los Angeles Angels.
The final two BU picks came on the heels of first rounders Shea Langeliers and Davis Wendzel, sixth-round selection Cody Bradford and 10th rounder Kyle Hill.
The stellar season came following the fourth season at Baylor for head coach Steve Rodriguez.