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CHANDLER, Ariz. - Two East Valley brothers are trying to pull off a rare feat.
They were both hoping to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday.
Dozens of people came together at The Bar Fitness in Ahwatukee to celebrate one dream coming true and another one coming closer to fruition.
C.J. Cron was drafted 17th in the first round by the Anaheim Angels and just like that, went from being a Utah Ute to a big-leaguer.
“I knew from a young age I wanted to play, I loved the game that much,” Cron said. “I mean it's awesome.”
“Cron, originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 44th round in 2008, decided to go to college instead, playing first base for Utah. He hit .434 with 15 home runs and 59 runs batted in this season.
His mom couldn't be prouder because her son could end up with both a degree and his dream come true.
“I'm so happy for him," Linda Cron said. "He worked so hard and he deserves it.”
And so does his brother Kevin, who set an Arizona high school home run record this year and helped Mountain Pointe High School win the state title.
“It's a love for the game we all have that just jumps off the page,” he said.
Kevin is committed to playing ball at TCU next year but is also very likely to be drafted Tuesday and his dad, a minor league coach, couldn't be prouder.
“What better feeling for a father and family to have two sons follow in your footsteps and enjoy what you enjoy,” Chris Cron said.
And follow in his father's footsteps C.J. will do, literally.
“It's come full circle," Chris said. "I played my first big league game and was in the Angels organization for a number of years as a player, there's not a better organization to be in.”
The draft continues Tuesday and so it seems there could be a Cron showdown in the big leagues next year. That is, dad could coach against one or both of his sons. No doubt each will play to win while still managing to root the other on.