COMING HOME: Nelson Playing Ball In Iowa
The Iowa Cubs return Principal Park Monday to start an 8 game home-stand.
For one Cub, it’s a homecoming every time he takes the field.
Playing baseball for a living is the dream of many, Brad Nelson says he is honored and blessed to be living that dream.
“I’ve always said someone’s going to have to tell me I’m done playing baseball in order to be done. This is a job where I play a game for my job.”
His first season with the I-cubs is a homecoming of sorts, Nelson grew up in Algona, 2 and a half hours north of Des Moines.
“There’s still a lot of pride to come back and play baseball here in Iowa.”
Nelson was drafted out of high school in 2001 in the 4th round; he says he remembers that day like it was yesterday.
“Time definitely flies. I remember that day of getting drafted of having that Major League dream come true, it goes by fast, I enjoy every day.”
In his 13th season at 30-years-old Nelson isn’t giving up on a chance at a full-time gig in the Bigs.
“It’s not the highest level, but darn close, still saying I have a chance to get up there that’s what I’m playing for do what I can to make it to the big leagues.”
For now his job is in Iowa, where it started 13 years ago.