This University of San Diego baseball player is the son of a MLB legend

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SAN DIEGO (FOX 5) — “Greatest man I’ve ever known. He’s the most humble person, he’s my role model.” That is how University of San Diego baseball player, Max McGwire, describes his father, Mark — a legendary first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland Athletics.

The 6’2″, 195-pound junior is embracing the fame that comes with being the son of a legend while he takes up the mantle of first baseman for the Toreros.

“I’ve gotten use to it, I mean it’s not that annoying, I’ve seen it all sorts of different times,” McGwire told FOX 5. “Autograph seekers or just people at school or in the stands, it’s normal.”

While playing his dad’s position, he remains thankful for the MLB memories with his father.

“Just learning from him, watching him — it’s something I’ll never forget and something I’m forever grateful for,” McGwire said.

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Now, McGwire’s teammates get to share in his knowledge.

“I always ask for his help, he knows the game. Being around his dad his whole life and being around big league guys, he knows the game better than anyone,” USD utility player, Angelo Peraza, said of McGwire.

The former University of Oklahoma Sooner transferred to USD as a sophomore, but missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. With the home opener this week, McGwire is excited to rejoin his team.

“I’ve have so much fun on the ball field it’s something I missed this past year,” he said. Anyway I can help this team win. It’s a blessing. I can’t wait to get back out there.”

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