Cody Callaway’s mom went rooting through the family pictures a few days ago and came up with one of him around age 2 all decked out in Cleveland Indians gear.
“That was kind of cool,” Callaway said.
Even cooler for the recent Midview graduate and his family is the news they received Saturday: Callaway was selected by the Indians in the 34th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
“It feels great,” said Callaway, who was the 1,028th player drafted. “It’s a dream come true. It’s awesome.”
Callaway, a standout quarterback and baseball player for the Middies, grew up an Indians fans and said he makes it to a couple of games a year. A few years back, however, he went to around 20.
“That makes it even better,” he said of being drafted by his hometown team. “There were five or six teams that had a lot of interest, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happier the Indians were the team that took me.”
Primarily a shortstop, Callaway, not surprisingly, cites Omar Vizquel as his favorite Indians player.
But Callaway is also a highly regarded quarterback who is supposed to report to Bowling Green State University on June 28 to begin his college career. He’s not sure how Saturday’s news will affect those plans, if at all.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “We’re still trying to figure things out. Still going over things. We should know in a day or two. As of now, I’m not sure.”
Callaway passed for 2,496 yards and 24 touchdowns with just three interceptions in earning Division II first-team all-district and second-team All-Ohio honors. He had 69 career TD passes. In baseball this season, he batted .280 with four home runs, 25 RBIs, 14 runs, four stolen bases and eight doubles.
Though he had been told he could go as high as the fourth round, he wasn’t feeling down at all about where he was picked.
“Everything happens for a reason I guess,” said Callaway, who also plans to play baseball at BG. “I’m just going to enjoy the moment and look on the bright side.”
Callaway was driving when he got the call from the Indians.
“I just hung up the phone,” he said of his reaction. “I was kind of in shock. … Then my phone started blowing up with Twitter and everything.”
He wasn’t planning any Las Vegas celebrations like Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who also happened to get drafted Saturday, taken in the 28th round by the Padres, the 837th pick overall.
Callaway, who was at a friend’s graduation party Saturday night, just plans to take things as they come.
“Right now, me and my dad are just waiting,” he said. (The Indians) said they’ll call back and discuss some things. We’ll just take it from there.”
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