Curtis Granderson

Baseball draft next stop on Corey Ray Jr.'s uphill climb to success

Baseball draft next stop on Corey Ray Jr.'s uphill climb to success

At first, Corey Ray Sr. saw the steep hill at Robichaux Park near his family's South Side home as a way to help keep his son, Corey, in line.

"I'd challenge him like, 'If I beat you in a race up, you have to do what I say,' '' Corey Sr. recalled Thursday. "And then he started to get older … and faster.''

Once Corey started winning, the rewards turned into pizza and video games. Eventually, father stopped going altogether, figuring his work was done once running the hill became a habit for his self-disciplined son.

Some days, he left to run before the sun rose. Some nights, he went after the sun set. Most days, the family knew where they could find...

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