Germantown native seeks second World Series title - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Germantown native seeks second World Series title

Mickey Calloway (Source: LA Post Examiner) Mickey Calloway (Source: LA Post Examiner)
GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) -

A Mid-South native is looking to take home his second World Series ring.

Mickey Callaway pitched for four years at Germantown High School. He then pitched for Ole Miss, before getting drafted and playing Major League Baseball.

In 2002, Callaway earned a World Series ring as a player for the Anaheim Angels. Fourteen years later, he's hoping to get a second ring--this time as a coach.

Callaway is the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians. 

Most people are talking about the 2016 World Series because both teams playing in it are sitting on decades-long Championship droughts. But in Memphis, the chatter about the World Series is a little bit different.

"That's all everybody is talking about around the parks, around the restaurants and places that we go," Callaway's childhood friend Jason Brown said. "Everyone is talking about what they're doing, how they're doing it--that they have two of their best pitchers who can't even pitch, and they're still making do."

Brown caught Callaway in high school when their team finished state runner up two years in a row.

"It's just great. We all had the dreams to do that, and the fact that your best bud did it and is doing it, it's an awesome feeling," Brown said.

Brown said he's been watching every Indians game this postseason. He said he's even caught himself second-guessing his friend.

"Every now and again I'm like, 'What are you doing? Why are you taking him out?' But at the end of the day, we all know that he's a lot smarter than any of us sitting behind watching," Brown said.

Callaway is a point of pride for the entire Germantown community.

Callaway's brother is currently the coach at Germantown High School. He said he and his family traveled to Chicago and Cleveland to watch the games in person, and will hopefully celebrate a World Series victory.

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