SACRAMENTO- Mauricio Dubon came from Honduras three years ago to pursue his dreams in baseball. Now, the 18 year old who has been living with a Sacramento family is getting that rare chance, having been drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
"Since I was a little kid, I've been up, ready, ready to go, ready to prove to everybody I can do it," said Dubon.
"This is his goal. We're all been striving for 3 years," said Sandy Ritchey, Dubon's second mother. "He has to work his way up from minor leagues up to the major leagues. So if anyone can do it, this boy can do it."
Sandy Ritchey's husband and son met Dubon three years ago while in Honduras with Capital Christian baseball mission and a group called IMPACT. The groups were donating baseball equipment to the children in the region.
Dubon's mother asked the family to take her son back to the US so he could have a chance to be recruited to play major league baseball.
The Ritcheys agreed.
Dubon stayed with the Ritcheys for the summer, went back to Honduras for nine months, and then came back and lived with the family for two years until he got drafted a couple of weeks ago.
Dubon knows he has a lot of hard work ahead of him, but he says he just loves playing the game and he wants to be the best at it.
Dubon has put his dreams and goals all into perspective.
"First comes god, then family, then humility, then baseball. Coming here made me accomplish all that," said Dubon.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org