TAMWORTH baseballer Aiden Lee is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.
The teenager is off to tour Hawaii and the United States with the Aussie Expos.
“It’s a dream come true,” Lee said.
“Not many people get to do too many of those things.”
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Expos’ touring to the US.
Lee said he knew of the program and was hoping the invitation would come.
“I was playing against the coach in October last year,” Lee said.
“He saw me play and asked me would I like to go on it this year.”
“I said ‘definitely’.”
He flies out on June 16.
First stop is Hawaii where they’ll play in a tournament.
They then travel to Covina, Los Angeles and, after being welcomed at a special opening ceremony, will play three games there.
While there, they’ll get to watch a Major League Baseball game, which promises to be a real highlight.
After that they’ll play in a wood bat series (no tin or metal alloy bats allowed) against teams including Hawaii, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
“After that, we travel to Redlands and have five games there,” Lee said.
It will be a big few weeks. They’ll play about 18 games in 21 days they’re away, and could play more depending on how they go.
The team ranges in age from 14 up to 20 and hails from all over, including the Northern Territory.
Lee, who turns 17 on Friday and is in Year 11 at Peel High, has been playing baseball since he was 11 and can both pitch and bat.
He plays locally for Cougars but has this year been playing in the Coffs Harbour competition.
Mainly so he could get more baseball in, he said. The competition there started a few weeks earlier than the Tamworth comp did.
“I’ve been working really hard to pay for this trip,” he said.
He’s been working nearly every day, and then training on top of that.
The Aussie squad had a three-day camp in Coffs Harbour a few weeks ago where Lee had the chance to “meet and greet” his team-mates.
They also had a hit-out against the Coffs Harbour team.