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Local preteen emerges as one of Baylor Baseball’s biggest fans

Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 12:09 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Carson Sleeper has been playing baseball since he first learned to walk.

He and his father have always enjoyed watching games together, and Carson took up an interest in college baseball last year, just as the pandemic shut everything down.

This season, Carson finally had the chance to attend Baylor games again, and he quickly became one of the team’s most loyal fans, despite being only 12 years old.

His dad, Shad, tells me, “We come to the game and we have our seats where we normally sit. And the ushers and security guards all know Carson. They ask, ‘Carson, how many balls do you have now?’”

That’s because Carson collects as many foul balls and homerun balls as he can - and he is unbelievably good at it, building quite the collection.

Carson thinks for a second and tells me, “I believe 75 is what we counted. I want to say I got around 10 baseballs signed.”

Carson and his dad wait outside the stadium with the game-used balls he collects, and the Baylor players are more than happy to sign them for him.

Shad says, “Baylor has a good group of guys this year. If he asked for an autograph, they would stop and sign his ball. Or they would toss him up a ball if he hollered at them on the field.”

Carson adds, “It was easy to get the autographs and it was really cool to get to meet them.”

Carson has signatures from every Baylor starter, but his favorite player is Andy Thomas.

Carson hopes to someday follow in Andy’s footsteps as an All-American catcher for the Bears, but he knows that will take a lot of work, so, for now, he spends his free time practicing with his father.

Carson laughs, “We throw the ball around... he is a little iffy on being a pitcher sometimes, but I can hit the ball pretty well off of him.”

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