Apr 20, 2016 12:59 AM by Lee Carrell
Pleasant Valley High School alum Steven Johnson has always loved the game of baseball, but he never dreamed that it would allow him to see the world.
"I was never a big traveler. I never thought I would do stuff like this," Steven Johnson said. "Now I got that itch. I can't wait to go do more."
Things changed for Johnson last year. He decided to take a shot at independent baseball and went to play in the Pecos League in Alpine, Texas. While he was there his coach approached him with an interesting idea of going to Australia to play in the winter.
"One thing led to another, the next thing I know I'm on a plane to Australia," Johnson said.
His time down under would be unforgettable. During his stint with the Carina Redsox, Johnson stood out as both a pitcher and an outfielder. He was so successful that he took home league mvp honors.
As you might expect a lot of people took notice, which helped lead Johnson to another professional team, this time in Austria. He signed a contract with the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics and will be leaving for Europe on Wednesday.
"Why not go to Europe if they're gonna pay for everything," Johnson said. "I'm gonna give it a go."
That's the attitude this 25 year-old carries when in comes to baseball. He loves the sport and wants to make the most of these opportunities while he still can.
"I'm just gonna ride this out until my body can't do it anymore," Johnson said. "If I can keep going, I'm just gonna keep going. If teams want me to keep playing and want me to come out and pitch in different countries, I'm gonna do it."
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