Hillsboro mayor hosts Hops 'summer sons'


He became the 50th mayor of Hillsboro in January and now in his seventh month on the job, Steve Callaway and his wife Joan have some extra house guests: two of the Arizona Diamondbacks' top draft picks who are suiting up for the Hops.

Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho are living with the first family of Hillsboro.

Draft Day is something special.

“Definitely a surreal feeling,” said Smith. “Get up and hug my mom, my dad. My mom is crying just like moms do.” Hops 1st baseman Smith, from the University of Virginia via Jupiter, Florida was the seventh overall selection by Arizona. “Having this good of a lineup come in... these guys are really humble, they aren't really big on themselves,” said Varsho. Wisconsin-Milwaukee catcher Varsho went 68th overall to the Diamondbacks. They’re pursuing their professional dreams in a political home base. “We were told we were staying with the mayor and he's really cool about it,” said Varsho. Smith said, “He said he's going to take care of us and so far it's been fun. He gave us a truck. We can't complain.” Smith and Varsho's host family is the first family of Hillsboro. Mayor Steve Callaway and his wife Joan feel safe at home at Ron Tonkin Field. “Honestly, every night we are here at the game it is kind of like a three-hour vacation,” said Callaway. The Callaways even spent their 32nd wedding anniversary at the park. “Today is our anniversary so we heard from some of the players from 2013, saying happy anniversary to you guys,” said Callaway. The Callaways’ two children are grown so the empty-nesters are in the third season of hosting their "summer sons." “How we got started was… we got to know some of the players because our seats are right by the dugout and they asked, ‘If we come back, can we come live with you?’ … Ever since then we've had players and it's great to get to know them and their families,” said Joan Callaway. Her husband added, “Just being able to share in their lives outside of the ballpark is very special for us.” They are special hosts for special players, even if their kitchen is under a full remodel. “Yeah, the kitchen is out of business but we still have a Crock-Pot, we still have an electric skillet,” said Callaway. When asked how they survive after the game if the kitchen is closed, Varsho said, “They have a little grill that you can plug in. Other than that we try and get something to eat before we get home.” “I just have them let me know when they are going to be home so I can make sure there is food,” said Joan Callaway. They’re feeding the Hops on their road to the big leagues. When asked if they had chores to do and about the rules of the house, Smith said, “Not yet, kind of try to just stay as neat as possible but that is just a given, take care of your place.” Callaway said, “They rinse their plates off, they'll pick up a broom and that kind of stuff. They really are great guests. They really become members of your family.” Varsho's father played eight seasons in the majors. On Sunday, Varsho celebrated his 21st birthday.

If you’re interested in being a Hops host family, you can contact the club.

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