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.
Looking up, he wondered if he could hit the ball over the press box and onto the field on the other side. Yep, turned out he could.
“I must have done it for an hour,” Middlebrooks said. “I would hit the ball over the press box, run around and pick it up and then hit back over to the practice field. It was fun.”
You know what happened next, of course. Middlebrooks hit the ball a little too low and there was a loud crash.
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