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Fan-favorite bat boy gets his own bobble head from Sugar Land Skeeters
Since the Sugar Land Skeeters franchise debuted in 2012, one of the fan favorites each night at the ballpark has been the team's bat boy, who is simply known as Big Mike.
The 24-year-old, whose real name is Mike Garcia, is proud to play a role in the Skeeters' success. If you ask Garcia, he'll tell you it's a dream job.
"It's been a lot of fun for me and a lot of work as well," Garcia told KPRC'S Randy McIlvoy recently at Constellation Field. "I really am having too much fun doing it."
His job with the Skeeters has given Garcia, who was born with a learning disability, self-confidence since his first day on the job. Garcia is happy when fans yell from the stands, "Hey, Big Mike!"
"It gets a big smile on my face and I wave back to the fans," Garcia said.
His stepfather, Raul Martinez, couldn't be more proud of how Garcia has matured into a young man.
"He's amazing. (I'm) proud of (the) young man he's become. I really am," Martinez said.
With an impeccable work ethic, Big Mike strives to be the best bat boy in the business. While he is a fan favorite, Big Mike also has a fan in Skeeters skipper Gary Gaetti.
"I am really happy for him," said Gaetti. "He has become a fixture with our team and our fans, and he is a pleasure to be around, that's for sure."
The Skeeters will honor Garcia on Sunday by giving away "Big Mike" bobbleheads, the first ever created for a bat boy.
"It's really awesome," said Garcia. "I don't know what to say, that's for sure. I've been asking every year, and this year it's finally coming up."
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