Devin Wright had the experience of a lifetime earlier this month, playing in the Ripken Futures Game in Baltimore with 23 other elite 12-year-old baseball players from around the nation.
“I was blessed that I got picked,” Wright said. “It was a great opportunity for me to be around players from all over. It was awesome.”
Wright found out he made the team back in April, his name selected through a national search, and he was overwhelmed with joy when he was surprised with the news during a practice with his travel team.
He was the only player selected from Florida and admits there were some nerves when he stepped onto the field to play but that didn’t keep the talented right fielder from performing at a high level.
“Two balls were hit my way and I made a diving, sliding catch on one of them,” Wright said. “I like making those kinds of plays.”
His mother, Stacy, said that because the game was broadcast live on MLB.com, friends back home were watching it. She noted her son had several pictures of the play taken from the broadcast texted to him.
Wright also had a chance to pitch one inning in the game but the memories of the weekend go beyond just what took place during the game.
With David Justice as his team’s manager, Wright and his teammates received valuable advice from the former Atlanta Braves legend.
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