The first time Corey Dickerson got called up to the Colorado Rockies in June, the former Meridian Community College star didn't disappoint, hitting an RBI double and scoring a run. He was called up from Colorado Springs for a second time over the weekend. With the Rockies trailing Milwaukee 3-1, Corey blasted a solo homer to right field to cut the lead to one run.
"It's pretty cool when you know a guy that's at that level," says Robby Atkinson, the MCC radio host, PA announcer and SID. "He drove a pitch, low and inside the zone and drove it over the right field wall for a home run. It was pretty cool to see that smile on his face when he got back in the dugout."
Corey's wife and her in-laws were on the way to Atlanta when she saw her husband's home-run... on an Ipad.
"Corey said that at Coors field, everybody was cheering for him," says Corey's wife Beth Anne, a Meridian native. "His first home run was at home and he was able to get the ball back, so that was good. "
In 2009, Dickerson was drafted after helping MCC to a region 23 title, but elected to rejoin the Eagles for his sophomore year. He made all-american and at one point lead the nation in home runs. The Rockies took him in the eight round.
"Dexter fowler had been struggling a little bit at the plate," says Atkinson. "Carlos Gonzalez, one of the star outfielders for the rockies (was an all star), had a thumb injury last week, so it's kinda like the dominoes just kinda fell in Corey's advantage..."
With the Braves one game into a series with Atlanta, both Atkinson and Beth Anne know many Mississippians will have divided loyalties to deal with.
"It's real hard, you know, when you're a braves fan, and I know a lot of people are going to be watching the games real closely over the next few days," says Atkinson. "And everybody's going to be real torn. But we're going to be real proud of him no matter what he does.