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“I’m real close with my mom,” says Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story. “A lot of people call me a ‘momma’s boy.’”

In fact, when a certain day in May rolls around, this “momma’s boy” from Irving, Texas, pays a special tribute to his mom, Teddie.

“Every Mother’s Day I write ‘mom’ on my wrist tape just as a physical thing to say thank you for all the sacrifices she’s made over the years – her time, her money and everything to support this dream that’s very unlikely,” said the 23-year-old. “She’s stood behind me and that’s all I could ask for.”

Story, who was a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2011 (45th overall), says he started the tradition two years ago and plans to continue it on May 8 when the Rockies play in San Francisco. In addition to the wrist tape tribute, he’d also like to get some pink cleats or other pink swag to pay respect to his mom this Mother’s Day as well.

Story describes his mom as being very outgoing, smart and someone who worries a lot – but he knows that comes with the territory of being a passionate mom who wants to see her son succeed.

“Growing up, she was always a big part of my baseball life and is a big part of my support system. She’s very caring and just a very loving person and it’s special to see that as a son.

“She’s the best mom that I could ask for.”