When I turned 18 years old in the summer of 2001, I was preparing for the transition from Austin High School to Indiana University Southeast, and I was working at Walmart.
As an 18-year-old this year, Zack Brown had signed to play baseball at the University of Kentucky before he got drafted in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the
Chicago Cubs. So he had to try and make a decision between the two while focusing on finishing his senior year of baseball at Seymour High School.
I can’t imagine having to make a decision like that as an 18-year-old. Of course, I didn’t play baseball, and I certainly couldn’t throw 90 mph, so I wasn’t on any MLB team’s radar. Brown, on the other hand, had college and professional scouts with radar guns on him nearly every time he was on the mound.
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