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Catch him while you can: 1-on-1 with Dansby Swanson

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The Hillsboro Hops final homestand begins next Friday Sept. 4 before they begin their postseason defense of the Northwest League Championship and a former College World Series Champion will be there.

Like the rest of the Hillsboro Hops, Dansby Swanson stays with a host family. He isn't 'big timing' anyone and he'll be here for the duration of the fleeting summer, so catch him while you can.

"Special. There are not many other words to describe that moment."

That moment was Swanson celebrating with his Vanderbilt teammates as the Arizona Diamondbacks selected the shortstop from Marietta, Georgia with the number one overall pick in June's Major League Baseball draft.

"I just kind of look at it as an external label. It's not something I put on myself. Pressure is something people use when they don't believe in themselves."

A six-and-a-half million dollar signing bonus would change most 21-year-olds, but seemingly not Swanson, who opened his professional career two weeks ago. Sent to the Single-A farm club of the Diamondbacks, the Hillsboro Hops.

"There is a lot more that goes into it than just your stats. If we win games, that is most important. If you go 0-for-4 and your team wins, then that's a good day. You just have to look at it from that point of view and you'll be fine." 

For a young man who will likely spend, at most, a month of his pro life playing ball for the Hops, Dansby could very well leave the ballyard right after the final out, but that's up to him.

"I think it's great to be able to form a connection so they don't see me as some far off figure that they can never get in touch with." 

Staying late into the night, every night game, sharing his time with fans hoping to catch a piece of the rising star.

"I like to stay after, I realize I can be a role model to some kids and just be able to talk to them, sign an autograph or whatever, can really make their day or their week. You never know what those kinds of things can mean to them in their lives. You don't really know what is going on with them at that moment so I just try to make everyone's day better and positive and whatever it may be." 

"It's just kind of how I am. I was raised in a very hospitable, Southern home and we just always value people and relationships and that is one of those things I just try and take moving forward. Everyone deserves some of your  time and there is that respect factor." 

As the youngest of three kids, Dansby comes from a family of ball players. His big brother and older sister also played shortstop, essentially the captain on the diamond.

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