Former NCTC student honored by hometown after World Series win

by Darin Allred | Nov 08, 2013 <p> </p>

BOWIE - A Boston Red Sox pitcher who took dual-credit classes at North Central Texas College's Bowie campus was honored by his hometown Friday.

Bowie celebreated "Brandon Workman Day" to honor the 2007 Bowie High School graduate who was a big part of the Red Sox run to the World Series title. A celebration was held Friday at Bowie High School's football stadium. In addition to the normal maroon and white seen at a Bowie pep rally for their own high school football team, hundreds wore Red Sox apparel to show their appreciation for Workman.

Every student in the Bowie ISD attended the event. Elementary-school students even had made fake beards that they wore to the ceremony to honor the Red Sox who all had beards during their playoff run.

Workman was instrumental in Boston's championship. In fact, he pitched a perfect eighth inning in the decisive Game 6 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston.

"We are very proud of Brandon on his fine performance in the World Series and it was so much fun to watch him pitch," said Dr. Emily Klement, NCTC's Associate Vice-President of Academic Partnerships and the Bowie and Graham campuses. "He is a fine young man and was an exceptional student at Bowie High School and NCTC. We offer him our sincerest congratulations."

After being drafted by the Red Sox, he was the club's 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading the Carolina League in fewest baserunners per nine innings while ranking second in WHIP and fourth in ERA. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013 and then promoted to the major leagues in July.

Bowie Mayor Gene Brown read a proclamation declaring Nov. 8 as "Brandon Workman Day" and presented gifts to the Bowie native. Workman then addressed the crowd at Jackrabbit Stadium before signing autographs and posing for photos.

Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman and NCTC Associate Vice-President Dr. Emily Klement