There’s a New York Yankee with Missouri ties. Former Southeast Missouri State infielder Justin Christian. He’s played in the outfield since being called up June 24 th where he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI in his debut against Pittsburgh.
Justin played at Auburn and got hurt in 2002 and transferred to SE Missouri State where he played one year for the Redhawks and hit .376 with 13 homers and Ohio Valley Conference rookie of the year.
He also started his pro career with the River City Rascals. It’s hard to start out in an independent league and make it to the majors, but Christian has done it. He went 0 for 3 yesterday at Shea Stadium and is hitting .200.