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Will Middlebrooks wants to be one of the best

NEW YORK — There is no better life for a little boy growing up in Texas than to be the son of a high school football coach. So once he was old enough to keep up, Will Middlebrooks tagged along with his father to watch practice.

One day, just after he turned 8, Middlebrooks brought a bat and a ball with him. As his father was inside the fieldhouse watching film, young Will tossed the ball up and hit it as far as he could across the practice field.

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