Neil Walker actually living his dream

Pirates second baseman, a native of western Pennsylvania, grew up a Bucs fan

Originally Published: July 16, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Whether they grow up playing hardball, stickball or whiffle ball, big leaguers cling to the same childhood fantasy: They're standing in the backyard or the schoolyard, and they dream of hitting the climactic homer or throwing the final pitch in a World Series. That cliché has become as synonymous with the major league baseball "experience" as the bubble on an unsuspecting player's cap or a shaving cream pie in the face.

As a youngster in the Pittsburgh bedroom community of Gibsonia, ...

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