MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s pretty safe to say Pat Kelly is enjoying his trip home. But that’s nothing compared to the perspective of his parents.

Jim and Beth Kelly are beaming with pride.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers sophomore hails from Red Wing, so the chance to play second base at Target Field at the Big Ten Baseball Tournament is something he and his parents have been looking forward to for quite some time.

“It’s pretty exciting, you bet. It’s not every day the kids get to play here, obviously,” Jim Kelly said.

The Kellys have made the 56-mile drive each of the last four days to come watch their son play. And his impressive Big Ten Tournament performance is indicative of the kind of player he is.

“He spent hundreds and hundreds of hours in the batting cage,” he said.

“He would come home from a game and wanna go back out to the cages and hit. ‘I think you need to do your homework first and then you can,’” Beth said.

He’s not up for the draft until next year, but he would love to come back home to play ball professionally.


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