In June the Tampa Bay Devil Rays made pitcher Diego Lopez's dreams come true by selecting him with its 31st pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
It was a dream he had been working toward since he started playing baseball at Calexico High. It was a dream that became even more of a reality during his junior year at Calexico when he was looked at by pro scouts.
But the 17-year-old Lopez's dream of donning a pro uniform will have to wait awhile as he has decided to play at Grossmont College in El Cajon.
Shortly after Lopez was drafted, contract negotiations began but didn't go far.
When many athletes sign contracts, one of the first things out of their mouths is, "It's not about the money."
Things were different with the 6-foot-4 Lopez. The reason he didn't sign was primarily based on money.
"It really was a dream come true when I got drafted," said Lopez. "But I expected them to offer a little more than what they did."