Bobby Haney grew up in a small town on Long Island called Kings Park. Not a particular hotbed for baseball. Without a father or grandfather who played professional, college, or even high school baseball. But he had a dream of playing professional baseball. A dream of going to his backhand and making jump throws from shortstop to get runners out at first. Just like his lifelong hero Derek Jeter.
Even more so, Haney made his own path. As he grew up, he played ball all the time. Except when he had to sit at home his entire thirteenth summer because he had a serious operation that kept him in casts on both legs up to his knees. Instead of trick-or-treating on Halloween, he threw a ball into a PitchBack and fielded it for hours upon hours. And he was the starting shortstop on the last team that won a College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska. A baseball team from a school that at that time had never won a national championship in any sport.
Now Bobby Haney is living his dream. At 25 years old, he’s playing professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization. He was drafted by the team after his senior year at South Carolina in the 22nd round.
Coaches, parents, and ballplayers themselves can relate personally to “From Kings Park to Omaha.” It’s highly suggested reading for all.
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