Jabari Smith of the Scarborough Stingers Peewee AAA team was among the 275 kids getting the star treatment this summer at the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy Camp.
All of the participants at the Rogers Centre worked with former big leaguers like Jesse Barfield, Candy Maldonado, Lloyd Moseby, Rance Mulliniks, Duane Ward, Devon White, Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, and his father Sandy Alomar Sr.
The 12-year-old Smith is a lifelong fan of the Blue Jays, watching from home and at the ballpark whenever he can. Someday he hopes to take the same field as a Blue Jay and his experience with the Academy only makes him want it more.
“I come to games and watch them on TV, but it feels really good to be on the field,” he said. “I feel like a big leaguer. Being on the field is the coolest part, and it’s really nice to go in the clubhouse. I want to be a big leaguer and play for Toronto.”