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HARSH REALITY

Since his sons were just 3 and 4 years old, Tommy Davis was looking forward to this moment.

This year his older son Chase was entering his senior baseball season at Franklin High in Elk Grove, Calif. For the first time, that meant Chase and his younger brother Jordan would play alongside each other on the same varsity team: the elder Davis in center field, the younger in right.

“Well it was a collection of ideas, thoughts, emotions,” Tommy said, thinking back before the season began. “(Chase) put the work in. He did what he was supposed to do with what he was in control of. He was dedicated to what he was doing. He was actually living out his dream. We figured—like any of these draft parents—we figured he would chase it, go do what he does and everything would turn out well in June.

“(My) mindset was of the normal parent at

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