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Clay Bellinger played only Jose Juan Barea #5 Authentic jerseyfour years and 183 games in the big leagues, but he made each moment count. He was part of World Series title teams with the 1999 and 2000 New York Yankees and 2002 Anaheim Angels, and he would have pocketed a http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-5-jose-juan-barea-jersey.html fourth ring if the Yankees hadn't fallen victim to too much Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in October 2001. Fifteen years after his retirement from professional ball, Bellinger has attained a different brand of acclaim as MLB's most sought-after dad. Bellinger, 48, has been besieged with interview requests since Cody, the older of his two sons, arrived in Los Angeles and began peppering the seats with home run balls. He recently took a break from his job as a firefighter in Gilbert, Arizona, to watch Cody at Dodger Stadium, and he'll take center stage Monday night in Miami when he pitches to his son at the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby. Bellinger shared the thrill of being an All-Star father in a Authentic Ted Williams #9 Youth jersey telephone conversation with ESPN.com from Los Angeles. Cody was not a home run hitter in high school or the low minors. Did you see something to suggest he might have this kind of power? CB: He was always a great hitter. You just envision a kid with 15-20 more pounds on him and that man-strength coming along, and those balls that he hit in the gaps carrying over the fence. He also changed his hands and his swing path. You take all those variables into consideration, and he's doing what some people thought he could do. How much of an influence do you think you had on his approach to baseball? CB: I coached him all the way up to high school and his club-ball teams. He didn't really have anybody else to work on his swing, so it was always him and me in the cage. The only time I let him go was after high school when he started playing for other people. Was there ever a glimmer of hope that he might join your old organization, the Yankees? CB: There really wasn't. He got invited to one of those pre-draft workouts [at Yankee Stadium] with a bunch http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-9-ted-williams-jersey.html of kids from the Atlantic region. He was the only kid from out West, and he actually hit a home run that game. But as far as the Yankees drafting him, there wasn't a whole lot of contact with them. So I would have been surprised if he was drafted by them. For us, living out West, it's been a blessing that he was drafted by the Dodgers. Their spring training is 40 minutes away and most of their minor league teams are on the West Coast, so it wasn't too far of a haul for us to get there. It's worked out for the best. How did you gravitate toward becoming a firefighter? CB: After I retired in 2004, a couple of guys I knew from baseball started testing [for the fire department], and I did a couple of ride-alongs with them. It's a really fulfilling job, where you're not sitting behind a desk 9-to-5. You're out in the community helping people. No suit and tie. Every day is different. Have Ricky Nolasco #47 Womens jersey you had any close calls or scary moments in the job? CB: Not really -- knock on wood. We're a pretty safe organization the way we do stuff out West. You run across your bad medical calls and bad car accidents, but we don't have a whole lot of fire in Gilbert where I work. It's a newer town, which helps out. Hopefully I don't ever get in one of those situations where it's life or death staring you in the eye. How excited are your co-workers and friends about Cody's success? CB: Every day, I get texts from people. There are a lot of D-backs fans in Arizona and lot of Dodger haters, but they're watching the games and paying attention just to see what Cody does. They couldn't care less about the Dodgers. The support for us has been http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-ricky-nolasco-jersey.html overwhelming. Cody recently took some good-natured abuse for not knowing who Jerry Seinfeld was? What was your reaction to that story? CB: Brandon McCarthy tweeted about Seinfeld being a big Mets fan, and Scott Van Pelt asked him about it on national TV. Cody is 21. He knew who Jerry Seinfeld was, and he knew about the TV show. But at that moment in time, he couldn't place a face with the name and it kind of rolled from there. It was actually pretty funny. He caught some ribbing from teammates. He doesn't watch a whole lot of TV, I guess, obviously. It was good. He ran with it.

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