It's good to be Steven P. Baron.
A year ago, he was the starting catcher on his high school team. Then the Seattle Mariners drafted him out of Miami in the first round and invited him to spring training.
Once here, the 19-year-old had two major ambitions and one goal: to meet Ken Griffey Jr., catch Felix Hernandez and - oh, yes - learn as much as he could before heading off to whatever minor league team the Mariners assign him to.
Well, on Friday Baron met Junior. And on Saturday, he caught Felix in the bullpen.
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"He asked to catch him. The kid can catch," said manager Don Wakamatsu, a former catcher. " To think that he’s a year out of high school, it’s amazing.
"You watch the guy catch and you see a belief system. Sometimes it gets broken as they go along, but he’s a pretty confident kid. He’s a strong kid, much stronger than I envisioned, especially right out of high school. He’s got great leg strength. But he’s got real soft hands and a presence about him. He’s not intimidated by any means."
Baron is, however, one happy teenager.