Lynn native Ben Bowden has fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player after making the Opening Day roster for the Colorado Rockies. (Photo: Associated Press)
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Lynn’s Ben Bowden makes it to The Show

Lynn native Ben Bowden admitted that he was nervous when Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black called him into his office Tuesday morning before practice. As he walked into the office and sat down, a hundred thoughts raced through his head. He knew he had pitched well during the spring, but he also knew that nothing is guaranteed in this business.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” said Bowden, a Lynn English graduate who was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft after three seasons at Vanderbilt University. “So I went in there and he was telling me that they had been watching me over the past few years and all the injuries had been tough and things like that. Then he said, ‘you threw 28 pitches (Monday) and we were thinking about giving you a back-to-back, but we’re going to need you against the Dodgers on Thursday (Opening Day).’ I almost fell out of my chair when he said that.

“It’s an absolute dream come true to get to this point,” Bowden added. “You think back and say to yourself, ‘man, all of those long drives to showcases and all that work in college and all the rehab and eve…

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