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Albany man chasing Major League dreams

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's a story you could pitch for a movie script: a longshot deciding to chase his dream.

For Albany's LaShelton Wilson, that dream is to play for the Atlanta Braves.

"It's really something that I've always wanted to do," he says. "Ever since I was a young kid, I grew up playing baseball, so that's my motivation."

Wilson graduated from Westover High School, and after recovering from a knee injury, will attend an open tryout for the Braves in Rome later this month.

"That's the team I like," he laughs. "They're the home team, so I'd rather stick with the Braves."

This summer, the 22 year old returned to the diamonds he grew up playing on in Albany to train with his older brother Johnny.

"We'll run maybe 10 or 11 laps and suicides," Johnny says of their regiment. "Basically what every guy should train for."

Wilson says part of that training process is developing the ability to block out the naysayers

"I have a lot of people doubt me. They say 'Oh, you're probably too big. You probably won't make it,'" Wilson says. "I don't really listen to stuff like that. That's my motivation."

The hopeful Major Leaguer admits his goal is one that maybe a little far fetched, but he believes there's something good about chasing your dreams.

Wilson hopes he can inspire kids to not give up on theirs, no matter how big.

"I want this to be a lesson to them that you can still do anything you want to do," he says. "No matter what you go through in life, you have to keep moving."

Wilson will try out for the Braves on July 21.


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