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Stump

Years before they dipped into buckets in the McKethan bullpen, two Florida pitchers were already facing off with their hands cinched around plastic bats. The field was far less sophisticated than the well-tended clay they'd soon tread. The balls were far lighter than what they'd grip donning orange and blue. But for childhood games of wiffle ball, Corey Stump's front yard fared just fine.

Stump, older brother Jonathan and Brian Johnson spent the early part of their childhoods three houses apart in Lakeland, Fla. However, at 12 years old, Johnson picked up with his family for a more-than-100-mile trek to a new home in Cocoa Beach. The Stumps remained stemmed in central Florida. Though both Johnson and Stump were now rooted in different parts of the state, they'd soon be reunited...

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