Miller makes it to show, makes us all proud

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday, one of Selma&8217;s own achieved the dream many can hope for but few can live.

Jai Miller&8217;s strikeout against Oakland was not glorious in terms of the effect it had on the ball game.

But for him, his family, several young athletes that look up to him and for our entire community, it was a triumph.

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After toiling away in the minor leagues for four years, Miller made his debut with the Florida Marlins as a pinch hitter in a 7-1 road loss to the Athletics.

Days ago, Miller was talking about making it to the big leagues.

Ironically, he didn&8217;t seem that worried.

Apparently, Miller handled himself well enough to get called up to the show.

This is a young man that&8217;s more than a talented athlete getting his shot at making it big.

This is an example of someone who gave himself options with his level head and hard work.

Coming out of Selma High, Miller got a scholarship to Stanford University.

He decided to play professional baseball instead, and it looks like the decision has paid off.

He still has a long way to go to fulfill the promise his raw talent projects.

The average career of a major league player is between 5-7 years, and Miller hasn&8217;t been at the major league level a day.

But at least he&8217;s there. He&8217;s showing athletes and anyone else with aspirations that those dreams are not out of reach.

He went into spring training this March as a dark horse candidate to make the team.

Now he has his chance to prove himself among the best in the world.