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Tom Sohn | 26th Street

Garrett and CJ. Stubbs.
Photo courtesy Stubbs family.
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Former Del Mar Little Leaguer and resident Garrett Stubbs received a pretty good and well-earned 26th birthday present this past May: Stubbs received his call-up from the AAA (the highest level in the minor league) Round Rock Express. With his family in attendance, Stubbs made his Major League debut on May 28 with the Houston Astros, starting as catcher against the Chicago Cubs. Stubbs doubled to left in his first at-bat during the second inning and came through with an RBI single in the fourth to tie the game. The Astros beat the Cubs 9-6 with Stubbs going 2-4 at the plate.

Overall, it was a great start for the two-time All-CIF selection from Torrey Pines. Stubbs grew up in Del Mar, graduated from Torrey Pines in 2011 and graduated from USC in 2015 where he won the Johnny Bench Award — a prize annually bestowed upon the nation’s best collegiate catcher. After graduation, the Houston Astros selected Stubbs in the eighth round of the 2015 MLB Draft. Ironically, Stubbs’s first team for the Del Mar Little League was the Astros.

Garrett’s parents are long-time Del Mar residents T.Pat and Marti Jo Stubbs. This past spring has been good to the Stubbs family as their youngest son, 22-year-old CJ, also a Torrey Pines and USC grad, was chosen in the 10th round of this year’s MLB draft, also by the Houston Astros.

CJ is a catcher as well, and was recently promoted to the Astro’s Single A affiliate Quad Cities River Bandits in Davenport, Iowa. CJ’s first Del Mar Little League team was also the Astros.

While attending Garrett’s Major League debut, T. Pat, a Del Mar Foundation Board member, described the experience: “We are very blessed. It’s an awesome, awesome experience. We have two healthy boys that are enjoying themselves, doing what they want to do, and to have somebody realize their dream… it is so cool.” As Garrett Stubbs recently stated, “We [Garrett & CJ] both know we wouldn’t be here without the instruction we got and the support of our parents.”

Garrett Stubbs with the Houston Astros.
Photo courtesy Stubbs family.
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