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DAILY BREEZE: Pettit Proves That Patience Has Rewards

July 9, 2007

The following excerpt by Chris Jackson ran in the July 8 edition of the South Bay Daily Breeze.

Former Loyola Marymount outfielder Chris Pettit kept on hitting and then kept on waiting.

He was waiting for the call from the Angels saying he was moving up from low single-A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to high single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he could play in front of friends and family every night.

"It kind of seemed like it (took forever), but we were in the middle of a playoff race," Pettit said. "I don't think they wanted to move guys because we were right in the middle of that."

Cedar Rapids missed out on a playoff spot with the end of the Midwest League's first half, but Pettit certainly did his part for the Kernels.

Pettit was batting .346 (79-for-228) with 47 runs scored, 24 doubles, nine home runs, 41 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, a .429 on-base percentage and a .579 slugging percentage when he finally got the promotion in mid-June.

"I was really excited," Pettit said. "I've been hoping to come for a while, obviously. It's a level up, and it's back at home."

To read Jackson's entire feature on Pettit, click here.

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