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MLB player and Elgin alum surprises students

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ELGIN, OK (KSWO) -Two Elgin Middle School students are dreaming of being major league baseball players when they grow up, and on Tuesday, they got the chance to meet an idol that plays in the big leagues.

San Francisco Giants 2nd baseman and Elgin alum, Kelby Tomlinson surprised Wyatt Pyle and Josh Reniger today during class. Kelby gave them some words of wisdom and a couple of signed baseball cards and balls. This is all part of Elgin's student council Winter Wishes Program. Through the program, every student got to submit a wish for themselves and a wish for someone else.

Kelby's mom works at Elgin Middle School, so when she heard of these wishes, they did everything they could to make them come true.

From the moment he walked in, the students were speechless.

"Kelby Tomlinson, nice to meet you," said Kelby.

Tomlinson graduated from Elgin in 2008 and was later drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco Giants. When his mom, who still works at the school asked him to surprise Wyatt Pyle and Josh Reniger, he didn't even hesitate.

Pyle says he couldn't believe one of the biggest baseball idols from around town was here to meet him.

"I was really excited. I was shocked, actually," said Pyle.

Reniger says meeting Kelby and talking to him gave him the motivation he needed to get ready for baseball season. He says he's been worried about being injured and getting healthy before tryouts.

"It means a lot," said Reniger.

Kelby is always working out and training in the off-season, so he doesn't get to come home much, but he says he made sure he wouldn't miss this one because he knows what it's like to be in these kids shoes.

"At that level it's cool to be able to use that platform and use it for positive things," said Tomlinson. "I always try to look for things that I can do that will help out other people and be an encouragement to other people and let these kids know that even I feel like, well you're from no where, it's a long ways to go, but you know it's possible if you put your mind to it and put in the work, you can make it happen."

Pyle and Reniger say this is a day they will never forget and will live to tell their friends and family about for years to come...

"Really exciting," said Pyle. "I never thought it would happen."

Kelby was actually born in Chickasha and moved to Elgin. After graduating high school, he went on to play baseball at Texas Tech University, where he was later drafted by the Giants.

Kelby also walked the halls of his old middle school saying hi to old teachers and students. He met one young boy who said he sleeps with Kelby's baseball card every night. 

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