Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream

- Ever wondered what life is like beyond the draft?

Former MTV News correspondent, Tabitha Soren, began taking pictures of the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class to capture the unseen. She managed to stay in touch with them over the past 14 years, capturing their lives after the draft. Out of the 21 players, five went on to the majors.

The photos can be found in her book, Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream. 

New to the sport, Soren met the draft class during spring training in 2003, “they were so full of purpose and so full of hope,” she said. 

Her book depicts the reaction to the reality of dreams coming true…and falling through.

“One guy ended up homeless, one guy ended up a coal miner. Five of them made it to the majors. Joe Branton was in charge of a winery and then went back to go back to a World Series.” 

Because baseball starts so young, Soren believes the players are not able to develop other passions. Her artistic photos capture both the emotional and psychological struggle within the transition. 

The book focuses on 10 players and includes photos from kindergarten and a list of teams they’re on. 

She will be signing copies of her book at the Oakland Coliseum Friday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 

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