Eric Smith grew up a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers with his parents holding season tickets year after year.
Now, Smith has the opportunity of one day becoming a Dodger after he was drafted by his hometown squad in the 18th round at No. 566 overall Wednesday in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
"This day has been something I have looked forward to my entire life and I am so grateful to be selected by such a great franchise," Smith said. ""It's almost surreal that I am part of a franchise that I have grown up watching."
There's little time for Smith, who graduated from La Cañada High in 2009, to sit back and ponder his professional career, as he's too busy sporting Stanford University Cardinal red to switch to Dodger blue just yet.
That's because Stanford and its junior catcher are in the thick of a race to the NCAA National Championship.