This holiday weekend, the MLB Dream Series is taking place.
For four days, the top African-American high school baseball players from all across the country come together in Tempe, Arizona and spend time learning the ropes of being a professional baseball player at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Several African-American players and coaches, past and present, serve as instructors for these young athletes who seek to learn the game of baseball.
Former MLB star and current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds spent a little time at the Dream Series over the weekend.
On Monday, Reynolds reflected on his experience and explained what the Dream Series is really all about.
"The message is have a dream, continue to work… and the other thing was to see other people who look like you that are playing the game."
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Reynolds also mentioned that he had a chance to see MLB legend Gary Sheffield’s youngest son Noah in action.
The 16-year-old had the signature bat rock of his father and had an impressive display of power when swinging the bat.
Reynolds reflected on a conversation he had with the young star after the latter had shown off his power, with Sheffield asking how far the fences were and ultimately realizing the innate ability that he possesses.
This is ultimately an event where several young athletes will come to realize just how talented they truly are and start to see themselves competing among the best players the game currently has to offer.
“The message is have a dream, continue to work,” said Reynolds. “The other thing was to see other people who look like you that are playing the game.”
The Dream Series inspires hope in young African-American athletes and gives them a chance to show off their abilities and prepare for the future.