A Baker High graduate will see his dream come true tonight, as Jordan Patterson will suit up for a major league baseball game for the first time.
Patterson, a 2010 Baker graduate, was called up to the Colorado Rockies this week from its AAA affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, where he hit .293 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs while playing first base and outfield. Patterson’s first game as a member of the Rockies will be tonight in Denver against the San Francisco Giants.
Patterson’s family and a couple of his former coaches at Baker, where he was a three-sport athlete, were en route to Denver on Tuesday to be there for his first game.
“It’s huge, something that doesn’t happen very often,” said Bill Glover, Patterson’s baseball coach at Baker. “The kind of competitor he was, I knew he was going to be successful, whatever he did.”
Patterson helped the Hornets reach the AHSAA quarterfinals before signing with South Alabama. He played three years for the Jags before the Rockies drafted him in the fourth round in 2013.
“I think it was emotional for him,” Patterson’s dad, John, said of the call-up. “He’s been playing since he was little. He started at the YMCA when he was 4 years old. … The boy has worked hard. He loves the game.”
Patterson also said his son valued his time playing not only baseball, but also basketball and football at Baker. “He’ll tell anybody to play all three sports, because that’s a short window,” Patterson said. “You need to go out there and enjoy it.”