"Being up there once definitely motivates you to want to get back there. It affirms why you don't want to stay in the minors," Oakland A's prospect Matt Watson said about his brief big league appearance in '03. As Watson heads to spring training, he hopes this will be the year he realizes his dream of having a permanent place on a major league roster."/>

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Matt Watson Looking To Stick With Oakland In '05

It isn't called "The Show" for nothing. Every year, hundreds of minor leaguers work tirelessly for the shot to make it to the big leagues.<br> "Being up there once definitely motivates you to want to get back there. It affirms why you don't want to stay in the minors," Oakland A's prospect Matt Watson said about his brief big league appearance in '03. As Watson heads to spring training, he hopes this will be the year he realizes his dream of having a permanent place on a major league roster.

Based on his 2004 season in Sacramento, one might think that Matt Watson grew up idolizing players like Mike Schmidt or Dale Murphy. Watson, who was spending his first season in the Oakland A's organization after time in the Montreal and New York Mets chains, was a powerful force in the middle of the RiverCats' line-up in 2004. He clobbered 59 extra-base hits and drove in 96 runs in only 125 games...

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