Dreams Do Come True

Wednesday, September 19th 2007, 9:45 pm
By: News On 6

Boys still dream the most American of dreams, to be major league baseball players. As News On 6 anchor Scott Thompson reports Peter Kozma's dream of playing major league baseball began at age 5. Earlier this year, Kozma was a member of the state high school baseball championship team. After Peter Kozma's homerun gave Owasso the 6A state baseball championship in May, the world champions of baseball made Peter their number 1 draft pick and made his dream come true.

The St. Louis Cardinals also gave Peter Kozma a $1.4 million signing bonus and sent him to Tennessee and the home of the Rookie League Cardinals. The night Scott Thompson visited with Peter Kozma, his team was mired in third place.

Kozma has played only 30 games with the Johnson City Cardinals this season, but he is still the main draw.

“Kinda weird that everybody knows who I am and I have no idea who they are,” says Peter Kozma.

However, that is one more thing he has to come to grips with. In baseball-crazy St. Louis, Peter Kozma is the talk of the town. It comes with the label of "number 1 draft pick". In the major-league team's magazine, the St. Louis Cardinals sing the praises and justify their choice of the Owasso shortstop. In the sports blogs, fans debate whether Peter will be the one to lead the team to future glory and if he will add to the Cardinal's collection of championship trophies. Peter Kozma has many expectations to meet.

“I remember my neighbor he's got some family in St. Louis, they gave me the paper for it and it said nothing but good things, but I've also heard some bad things and some worse things, so I try to keep that away, try not to think of that either,” says Peter Kozma.

For a teenager, Peter Kozma has a lot of things to think about that he says he tries not to think about.

“I try not to think about it, try not to think about it as least as possible, it'd always gonna be my label, I guess and people are gonna think of me, I gotta do everything the greatest here and there, but I try not to keep it in the back of my mind and not think about it,” says Peter Kozma.

There is a lot not to think about, when everyone else, it seems, is thinking about you.

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