Salinas had his own Field of Dreams

Almost everyone has seen the baseball movie, “Field of Dreams,” where the main character gets to play catch with his long deceased father at the end of the movie.
Milgram Mustang AJ Salinas got his Field of Dreams moment in the Westport area of Kansas City, Mo., at the end of December.
The Raytown High School graduate, who will be a senior at Graceland (Iowa) this fall,  met former Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie via Twitter.
“He tweeted out if anyone in the Kansas City area was available to play catch,” he said. “I was the first person to respond to him.”
Guthrie asked the third-year Milgram Mustang player what experience he had playing baseball and if he could throw to at least 90 feet.
“I told him I was currently playing in college.  I met up with him just in an open field in the Westport area,” Salinas said. “We talked a little then played catch. The whole thing lasted about 45 minutes. Just one day at the end of December.”
And what did Salinas learn from his short workout with the former Royal?
“I learned if you want to keep playing you always have to work and push to get better,” Salinas said. “He was an unsigned free agent at the time getting up in age but thought he still had some left in the tank. He found somebody to workout with him in late December with snow on the ground so he could get his work in.”
Guthrie spent three plus years with the Royals actually winning a game in the 2014 World Series.
Salinas will never forget his experience with the former Royals pitcher.
“It was a really cool experience watching so many Royals in my life then getting to play catch with a former Royal was fun,” he said. “Guthrie was a really nice guy.

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