I am a former Major League All–Star who is transitioning to broadcasting. I grew up in Hermosa Beach, Ca and attended Redondo Union High School where I was a All–CIF selection in basketball and baseball. I was accepted to the University of Southern California and walked–on to the baseball team. Although USC asked me to play basketball, I knew that my passion was baseball. From walk–on to All American, my career is an example of hard work and taking advantage of opportunities. In 1998 we won the College World Series in the infamous 21–14 defeat of Arizona State. In the top of the 7th with the bases loaded, I stole home in one of the most exciting plays in College World Series history giving me 20 stolen bases becoming the only player in USC history to have a 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. That game was topped off with being named the team MVP of the 1998 season.
In the 1998 Amateur Draft, the Houston Astros drafted me in the 9th round and sent me to Auburn, New York where we won the NY/Penn League Championship. In the next 4 years our team won the Florida State League, Texas League, and Pacific Coast League Championships. In September of 2000, I was called up to the Big Leagues and started a career that would eventually lead to the most home runs by a Astros third baseman in a single year (36) and career (105).
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