It was the Christmas gift that kept on giving.
Tyler Badger, a 21-year-old University of Georgia student from Atlanta received a box of 2014 Topps Heritage Minors over the holidays and wound up turning it into a trip he won’t forget.
His essay was selected as the winner of the Topps Make Your Pro Debut contest. The prize was an honorary one-day contract with the Corpus Christi Hooks and on Monday, Badger was the guest of the AA affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Badger received a ballpark tour, took some batting practice, spent time in the Hooks’ clubhouse, presented the lineup card before Monday night’s game, tossed out the first pitch and…got to meet Nolan Ryan.
Ryan and his son Reid, who is the president of business operations for the Astros, were both on hand in Corpus Christi. Watch the video below. If you can’t see it, click here.