My mom did everything except coach me. Anything as far as getting food ready to jerseys cleaned, organizing sleepovers, sometimes taking me to games, sometimes taking me to practice. Just about everything with schoolwork. Just really being a voice, but also being hands-on. That was huge. That’s something I can always rely on to this day. I know everybody doesn’t have that luxury of having parents who are going to support and actually back up their words with actions. I’m really fortunate enough that she did.
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Jason Heyward plays right field for the Atlanta Braves.As told to Carroll Rogers