Today, we’re highlighting two professional baseball players from two places that have been home to me.

They’re both living the dream that so many young boys have had ... and are doing very well this year as well.

Albemarle’s Brad Holt is just 21 years old and has been dominating in his first seven starts in professional baseball with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class NY-Penn League.

His strike out ratio is incredible at 13.4 per nine innings.

And the most impressive thing is that he is getting better and better as he gets more comfortable.

It’s just a matter of time before he gets moved to a higher classification, but just as with his limited pitch count, the New York Mets are not going to do anything to hurt his powerful right arm that delivers 97 mph heat.

He’s got Major League stuff and his day will come in time.

For Randleman’s Dallas McPherson, he’s making a comeback at the ripe old age of 28 and is leading all of the minors in home runs with 35.

Back in 2005 when he was getting his feet wet in the bigs with the Angels, I was watching ESPN’s Baseball Tonight when Peter Gammons talked about the 6-4 235 pound McPherson.

Gammons spoke of the way the ball came off McPherson’s bat and of the different sound his bat made when making contact.

The Super Star tag was projected for this young man, but as so often happens, injury took its toll ... and McPherson is playing his way back for a second-chance at that stardom.

It would appear that he’s on track to do just that as he enters the traditional prime years for baseball players.

It’s easy to sit here and project a confrontation some three years down the road when the New York mets flame-throwing 24-year old, Brad Holt, faces the bat-smoking 31-year old, Dallas McPherson, in the greatest match-up in sports - the hard-thrower versus the slugger.

Having played on Albemarle’s Little League field as a youngster and coached my sons on Randleman’s Little League fields, I find myself rooting for both these young men to make it big.

When that day comes where the two are going head-to-head, it’s hard for me to say who I’ll be rooting for more.

But one thing is certain when that does occur, their reality is the stuff little boys’ dreams are made up.

I can’t wait ... Holt versus McPherson ... heat against power.

It doesn’t get much better.

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