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Tony Campana – Dreams can come true

CHICAGO — In a season where it can be difficult to find something positive to say about the Chicago Cubs, there is one player that stands out… that player is Tony Campana. Campana grew up in Springboro, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. The ride to the big leagues wasn’t easy, but that never stopped his passion for life and passion for the game.

The 25 year-old always heard he was small, perhaps too small to play in the big leagues. He was also diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma at the age of seven, which led to six months of chemo. But, hard work and determination allowed him to be drafted out of the University of Cincinnati in 2008 in the 13th round.

Coming into the 2011 season, Campana was not invited to Spring-Training. There was question as to whether or not he would have the opportunity to be a September call-up. As we know, things in baseball can change quickly. An injury riddled year for the Cubs meant Campana was going to get the call. That call came on Tuesday, May 17th. Oddly enough, his first game in the big leagues was at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, during a series between the Reds and the Cubs. Not only was it a dream come true, but it had to be special to play so close to where he grew up, with family and friends in attendance to share the moment.

Since his arrival to the big leagues, something has really jumped out at me. This guy hustles and he hustles all the time! He might hit a grounder to second, but you can be sure he will make the play close at first. To me, this is so refreshing to see in baseball. Living as close as I do to Chicago, I get to see a lot of games on television. How many players hit a grounder to second and just jog to first because they don’t think they have a chance? I see some of Campana’s teammates do it all the time, ones that make quite a bit of money to play the game they supposedly love. I think it’s time some of Campana’s teammates start paying more attention to him and follow his lead.

Most people believe that Campana will probably not have a Hall-of-Fame career. The fact of the matter though is that most don’t have that type of career. The one thing I am sure of is every time he is in the lineup, he will give it everything he has and play his heart out. You won’t see him jog, you won’t see him lolly-gag his way to a fly-ball, and you won’t see him ever give-up! There are many players in Major League Baseball and I wish each and every one of them had his heart and passion. For all that Tony Campana has accomplished in life, for all his passion for the game, and for never giving up, The Good in Sports is proud to award Mr. Campana with a Gold Star.

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About Sam Sankovich

I am a native of Illinois, but have lived all over. Since high school, I have lived in Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida, Kansas and Ohio. At the moment I am back in Illinois but hope a move back to Florida is in my near future. The first thing people think is I am a Cubs fan and a Bears fan. That’s not true. My dad’s family was born and raised in Pennsylvania (just south of Pittsburgh) and I was raised to be a fan of the Pirates and Steelers. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2002 with a BA degree. I majored in Radio and Television Operations and minored in Lodging Management. At this point of my life, I am following my dream of having a career in sports and love working with Joe and the team at The Good in Sports. The mission of the website and vision is second-to-none and allows us to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s important to me. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, I make it to Pittsburgh once a year to watch baseball at “The Best Ballpark in America” (PNC Park). I also enjoy trips to Panama City Beach for relaxation. I have a terrific family who always supports me in my endeavors. You can find me on Twitter, @TGIS_Sam.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Tony Campana – Dreams can come true

  1. Love guys that hustle like that. Seems like a thing of the past!

    Posted by JC | July 22, 2011, 6:14 pm
  2. It seems to be rare these days, JC. I am happy to say there are people out there who really care and are living the dream. Mr. Campana cares and will go a long way!

    Posted by Sam Sankovich | August 4, 2011, 2:17 am

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