On Saturday, Oracle Park hosted the baseball teams from Paradise High School and Corning High School to play a game on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
As you likely recall, Paradise was almost completely destroyed by the Camp Fire that raged throughout the area last fall, the deadliest in the state’s history. The Giants did their part to help boost the spirits of not only the town’s baseball team, but the entire community.
Buster Posey shared his best wishes for the community and the team, and shortly afterwards, Paradise catcher and Buster Posey fan Nicholas Baker got to have the experience of a lifetime.
The Chico Enterprise-Record reports:
In the top of the fourth inning, after Baker struck out in his previous at-bat, a pop up off the bat of a Corning player allowed Baker to emulate the Giants catcher. Baker flipped off his mask, turned around and caught a ball just before the fence behind home plate for the out.
“Wow, I’ve seen Buster do that quite often,” Baker said. “I had a bad at-bat and I made a play just like Buster. It’s just a dream come true.”
The head coach for the Paradise team made sure that all of his players had a chance to take an at-bat or face a batter on the mound.
And though they didn’t get to play in front of a full house, the roughly 650 people in attendance were familiar faces; with residents of Paradise, Corning and Chico making the trek to see their hometown kids have a taste of the big leagues.