Like Father, Like Son: Following His Dad’s Footsteps


Seven year old, Maddox Wright, played the final game of his baseball season on Thursday, after The Braves lost to China Spring, in the Waco City Championship.  Maddox’s Dad, Matt Wright, is one of the coaches; he used to play professional baseball, and Maddox wants to follow in his footsteps.  

“I want to be a pitcher because my Dad was a pitcher,” Maddox Wright said.  “And I want to follow him.”

Matt has given his son, Maddox, the freedom to play anywhere on the field, but he wants to be a pitcher.  Now that Matt does not play professional baseball anymore, he enjoys spending time with his son on the baseball diamond.

“When I played, I didn’t get to be with him all the time,” Matt Wright said.  “So, that’s one thing I really wanted to do, is when he’s out here, just be out there for him, and it’s a great experience.”

When Matt played professionally, Maddox used to stand next to him on the pitchers mound, before the National anthem.

“One thing I always wanted to do, was when I played, is have a son, that could be on the field with me,” Matt Wright said.  “He got to experience that a little bit, he’s been at the baseball field since he was born.”

Maddox admires his Dad, for show and tell, he’s brought his Dad’s baseball cards, championship rings and bobble head in, to show his class.

“He likes talking to his friends, telling them I’m famous, which isn’t true,” Matt Wright said.  “He makes fun of me with the bobble head.”

“I think it’s funny, for my Dad to have a bobble head,” Maddox Wright said.

Matt is very encouraging of Maddox to follow his dreams.

“It’s a long road, and not easy to get there,” Matt Wright said.  “But I just want him to keep playing and having fun, and enjoying being out there, and hopefully one day it’ll work out for him.”

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