Aug. 7, 2006
The following excerpt from Heather Gripp's feature ran in the August 6 edition of the Daily News.
A young C.J. Wilson aspired to be a fighter pilot. That was until he watched the movie "Top Gun" and saw a pilot die.
Altering the career goal Wilson chose next wasn't so easy.
The classmates who used to laugh at Wilson when he proclaimed he was going to be a professional baseball player can now watch Wilson play in the major leagues. Five years after being drafted in the fifth round out of LMU, then missing an entire season because of elbow surgery and struggling to regain his form when he returned, Wilson has found his groove this year as a left-handed reliever with the Texas Rangers.
"This is what I've dreamed of since I was a little kid," Wilson said. "At least since I decided I didn't want to get killed being a fighter pilot."
Wilson, an Orange County native, is back in Southern California this weekend for a series against the Angels. He entered the weekend 1-2 with a 3.76 earned-run average in 22 games this season. He hadn't allowed a run in six appearances since returning from Triple-A on July18 for his second stint of the season with the Rangers.
"I'm excited with where the team's at and I'm excited with where I'm at," Wilson said. "I still have a lot of room to grow. I'm doing pretty well at this point, I'm on a good run right now, so I'm telling myself, hey, I can really do this for a while if I can stay healthy and stay ahead of the competition."
To read the entire article on Wilson, click here.