KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- He’s spent hundreds of hours practicing with his dad, now all of the KCK teen’s hard work has paid off.
18-year-old Nolan Williams was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Friday afternoon, news he’s been working his whole life for. The KCK teen is celebrating with friends and one of his top motivators: his dad.
Nolan's dad built him this workout facility when he was in the 2nd grade. They've spent hours here, learning the game of baseball.
Since he was 8 years old, Nolan Williams and his dad Marty have been practicing in the same spot.
“We've worked a lot of kinks out here; have a not so good day at the plate and come out here and work on it,” Marty Williams said.
They've been working hard, with one goal in mind.
“Us talking about what happened today, hoping that we would get a chance to do this, then it actually happened,” Nolan Williams said.
Nolan was drafted to the Angels. He didn’t waste any time, heading straight to the mall to buy some gear, already sporting an Angels hat.
“It was surreal. It's my team now. It's crazy to think about. I'm just honored to wear it and play for them,” Nolan said.
Nolan said he wasn’t sure if this dream would come true, but one of his biggest motivators was confident.
“I've known for awhile he had a good chance of this happening,” Marty said.
Some big changes are ahead for this father and son duo and although Nolan will be far away, what he’s learned here with his dad will be with him forever.
“It's been a little bit of doing to get it done, but we did it,” Marty said.
“Shoot I just, didn't think this would happen, but it did. We're happy,” Nolan said.