Reporting Dave Crawley
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Bucco wannabes filled the ball fields of Seneca Valley schools in Harmony, encouraged by hometown kid who now lives the dream.
The Pirates second baseman shares the art of baseball at the Neil Walker ProCamp in Harmony.
“I remember doing these camps as a kid and how excited I was to be involved,” Neil Walker recalls.
He vaguely remembers that last winning season, in 1992.
“I watched how they played, I watched how they ran how they threw and how much fun it appeared they had playing baseball,” he said.
Now he plays for the team he had cheered, in another season to remember.
“We know that you can’t live and die with the good times or the bad times, you have to stay somewhere in the middle,” Walker says. “And that’s what makes this team so special, in my opinion. We have a very good sense of team, a very good chemistry on the team and nobody cares who gets the credit. Everybody has each other’s back.”
That’s the spirit he instils in a new generation, at his baseball camp.
“I’m happy to see these kids having fun,” he says, “and happy and fortunate that I play the game of baseball as my job.”