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THE TITLE OF MY STORY

JOEY MITCHELL

My grandparents are die-hard Alabama fans. They have season tickets for both football and baseball. From 1988 to 2009, they didn’t miss a single football game, home or away.

Growing up around them, I became a huge fan of the Crimson Tide as well. I used to go to games with them all the time when I was a kid.

At one of the football games, my grandparents recognized legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Ken Stabler. We walked up to him, introduced ourselves, and grabbed a picture.

Now, what happened next might be the best way to describe my relationship with the sport of baseball. Yes, baseball.

I was maybe four or five years old, and as I was sitting with Stabler for the picture, he says to me:

“Hey, you look like you might play football at Alabama someday.“

And I told the great Ken Stabler the truth:

“Not football, baseball!“

Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to be a baseball player. And the big goal has always been (and still is) to play in the MLB one day.

I’m obsessed with that goal. Seriously, it’s all I ever wanted to do.

As I grew older, I began to follow the roadmap for getting there.

High school baseball, then college baseball, and finally the MLB. That was the track in my head.

But as we all know, life rarely works out the way we picture it in our head.

I absolutely believe that God always has a plan. No matter what happens, it all happens for a reason. While I’ve been able to follow the path I envisioned so far, it has certainly been a much different experience than expected.

Subtitle

My grandparents are die-hard Alabama fans. They have season tickets for both football and baseball. From 1988 to 2009, they didn’t miss a single football game, home or away.

Growing up around them, I became a huge fan of the Crimson Tide as well. I used to go to games with them all the time when I was a kid.

At one of the football games, my grandparents recognized legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Ken Stabler. We walked up to him, introduced ourselves, and grabbed a picture.

Now, what happened next might be the best way to describe my relationship with the sport of baseball. Yes, baseball.

I was maybe four or five years old, and as I was sitting with Stabler for the picture, he says to me:

“Hey, you look like you might play football at Alabama someday.“

And I told the great Ken Stabler the truth:

“Not football, baseball!“

Ever since I was a little kid, I knew I wanted to be a baseball player. And the big goal has always been (and still is) to play in the MLB one day.

I’m obsessed with that goal. Seriously, it’s all I ever wanted to do.

As I grew older, I began to follow the roadmap for getting there.

High school baseball, then college baseball, and finally the MLB. That was the track in my head.

But as we all know, life rarely works out the way we picture it in our head.

I absolutely believe that God always has a plan. No matter what happens, it all happens for a reason. While I’ve been able to follow the path I envisioned so far, it has certainly been a much different experience than expected.

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