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But his size hasn’t Jeff Gordon Aaron Rodgers Joe Mauer Abby Wambach held him back. Dustin won Justin Verlander Adrian Peterson Kevin Durant Albert Pujols the American League (AL) Kevin Garnett Alex Ovechkin Kevin Love Alex Rodriguez Rookie of the Year award LaDainian Tomlinson Andrew Luck LeBron James Andrew McCutchen in 2007. He followed that Maria Sharapova Barry Bonds Mariano Rivera Ben Roethlisberger by winning the AL Most Mark Sanchez Blake Griffin Maya Moore Brett Favre Valuable Player (MVP) Michael Phelps Brian Urlacher Michael Vick award in 2008.

Dustin rides in the 2013 All-Star Parade with his wife, Kelli, and sons Dylan (center) and Cole (right). A third son, Brooks, was born in June 2014. By now, no one doubted Dustin based on his size. His mother had been right when her son was in high school. Dustin had proven the doubters wrong. He had become one of the best baseball players in the world. “He has been proving himself every day of his life,” Debbie said. 307) Named to the MLB All-Star Game for the third time Named to the MLB All-Star Game for the second time Named to the MLB All-Star Game for the first time Won the AL MVP award Helped Boston win the World Series Named AL Rookie of the Year Played a full season with Boston Called up to play 31 games with the Boston Red Sox Chosen by the Boston Red Sox in the MLB draft Named ASU offensive MVP Named co-Player of the Year in ASU’s conference Set team and conference records with 34 doubles Set ASU freshman record for hits (82) Named ASU defensive MVP Started school at ASU Graduated from Woodland High School Named to the high school all-state team for the third time Named Metro Player of the Year for the Sacramento area Named to the high school all-state team for the second time Named Woodland baseball team MVP Named to the high school all-state baseball team Started at Woodland High School 29 Glossary batting average: a number that describes how often a baseball player makes a base hit conference: a group of sports teams that play one another designated hitter: a player who bats in place of the pitcher and doesn’t play in the field double: a hit in which the batter is able to reach second base safely draft: a yearly event in which professional teams take turns choosing new players from a selected group dugout: the area on the side of a baseball field where the players sit line drive: a batted ball that travels in a straight line manager: the top coach on a baseball team minor league: a group of teams where players improve their skills and prepare to advance to Major League Baseball playoffs: a series of games played at the end of the season to determine a champion rival: a team that often plays against another team rookie: a player who is playing his or her first season in the league scholarship: money given to a student by a school or another group to help pay for school scouts: people who judge the abilities of athletes shortstop: a baseball player who usually stands to the left of second base triple: a hit in which the batter is able to reach third base safely umpires: officials who makes sure players follow the rules at a sports event 30 further Reading & Websites Doeden, Matt.

Roy Halladay Dallas Friday one of baseball’s most Russell Wilson Danica Patrick Ryan Howard Dave Mirra unlikely stars. Sammy Sosa David Beckham David Ortiz Derek Jeter Derrick Rose Dirk Nowitzki Dustin Pedroia Dwight Howard Dwyane Wade Eli Manning Freddy Adu Gabby Douglas J. J.

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