From a young age, Jim Adduci fell in love with baseball.
His dad played in the big leagues in parts of four seasons, so Adduci spent his childhood around some of the best players in the world.
"I just fell in love with it -- I fell in love with all of it,” Adduci said. “From being in the clubhouse to the field for BP to watching games and stuff like that, that's where my love for baseball really came through."
Now 28, Adduci himself is a pro baseball player.
The Marlins drafted him out of high school and he played in their organization before being traded to the Cubs in 2006.
That's where he played until signing with the Rangers organization this past off-season.
"When you sign with a team in free agency, you want an ability to play and to have an opportunity. They've given me that,” Adduci said. “So, I've enjoyed myself over here, playing under Bobby Jones, learning from him, from Spike, from Coolie. It's been really great to play underneath those guys."
Those guys have enjoyed having Adduci's left-handed bat in their lineup every day. Headed into the weekend, he was hitting close to .290 with 14 homers, 60 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
He’s been red-hot in August, hitting over .350 this month.
“As the game goes, you keep on making adjustments, and this period right now, I've made an adjustment to kind of have some success," Adduci said.
It’s been 10 years he signed his first professional contract, but despite consistently good play, he's never gotten his call to The Show.
He says he's nowhere near ready to give up on his dream and he hopes one day soon all his hard work will pay off.
"There's just so much stuff in that ten years I've been in the game, that over the whole time, that's helped me out to feel that if or when the opportunity comes to go to the big leagues that I'll be ready," Adduci said.
This past weekend, Adduci racked-up some more big numbers. In two games he went a combined six for seven with a home run and five RBIs.