Trio follows in brothers’ championship footsteps

first_img“It’s like a fairy tale or something,” said Jairo Quesada, David’s older brother. “We couldn’t believe it. “What are the chances our little brothers would play in the same championship game we did at Dodger Stadium, and win it almost the same way? Pretty incredible.” Yeah, it is. Kennedy High beat Chatsworth High 4-2, staging a late-inning rally to win the game just like their big brothers did. Winning that 1996 championship was one of the highlights of his life, but he got more joy and tears from the 2006 championship game hugging his little brother afterward, says Josh Miranda, Kennedy’s outfield coach. “My brother told me before the game to be proud of all the hard work my teammates and I had put in, and that this would be one of the biggest nights of our lives, so enjoy it,” said his little brother, Jacob. And they did. Almost as much as sitting up in the stands with their parents 10 years ago watching their big brothers bring home the trophy. “Growing up, we knew that one day we would be playing baseball together for Kennedy, but I don’t think any of us thought we could ever match what our big brothers did – win it all,” David said. Sure, they dreamed about it, but c’mon, Cory said, shaking his head. They were big underdogs. They weren’t supposed to get this far, let alone win the championship game. But they did. It didn’t surprise Manny Alvarado, who has coached Kennedy’s baseball team for 18 years. He knew these brothers, older and younger, better than anyone except their parents. They were cut from the same cloth. They were winners. “You could see it in their eyes and how hard they worked on the field,” Alvarado said. “Our whole team worked hard all year and just jelled. “It is pretty amazing, though, having three little brothers follow their big brothers to Kennedy, and win the championship again.” As he sat up in the stands at Dodger Stadium a few Saturdays ago rooting for Kennedy and reliving memories from 10 years ago, Jairo Quesada felt a tug on his sleeve. “Dad, I wish I could play here someday for Kennedy,” said his 7-year-old son, Andrew. Jairo smiled and put his arm around the boy. “You never know, son,” he said. “You never know.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s a reason they call it the Field of Dreams. Sometimes, those boyhood dreams come true. The three 7-year-old boys sitting together in the stands at Dodger Stadium 10 years ago, rooting for Kennedy High to beat Poly Tech High for the 1996 City Section baseball championship, weren’t particularly close. That would come later. They knew each other from around their Granada Hills neighborhoods and had played with and against each other on youth baseball all-star teams. Jacob Miranda, David Quesada and Cory Crown were good little ballplayers, but that’s not why they were there, sitting together in a major league ballpark yelling their heads off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Their big brothers – Josh Miranda, Jairo Quesada and Wes Crown – were down on that field playing for Kennedy High. What bigger thrill for a 7-year-old kid than to root for his 17-year-old big brother – the shining star in his young eyes – playing at Dodger Stadium in the biggest game in town? Kennedy won that 1996 championship game 5-4 with a late-inning rally, and three little boys went to sleep that night – and many nights after that – with only one dream on their minds: to be like their big brothers. That’s the thing about the Field of Dreams. Sometimes if you wish and work hard enough, anything’s possible. Just over a week ago – on May 27, almost 10 years to the day later – those same little brothers were on the field at Dodger Stadium winning the City Section championship for Kennedy High while their big brothers rooted them on. last_img

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