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Baseball: Boldt heads to Nebraska

The decision-making process extended into the middle of the summer but is coming to a close for Red Wing’s Ryan Boldt as he heads to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln on Saturday.

Boldt was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox and, in late June, he was whisked to Fenway Park and given a full tour. While in Boston, Boldt took in a Friday night Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays, getting a feel for the atmosphere in Fenway.

“I just kind of got to know their front office people,” Boldt, 18, said. “I was excited just to go see something I’ve never seen before, a pretty iconic thing in the baseball world.” Despite the visit, he remained committed to his decision to play Division I baseball for the Cornhuskers.

Once he returned home, Red Sox management extended an official contract offer, to which Boldt respectfully declined.

“They called when I was back with my parents and we discussed everything,” he said. “It obviously wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, but it’s still really exciting just to get drafted and having that next to your name is a pretty cool thing. Not a lot of people can say that.”

The 4.0 student at Red Wing said he anticipates starting his freshman year with more than 20 credits after summer classes at Nebraska. He begins summer classes Monday and will continue rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery for a lateral meniscus injury suffered in the Wingers’ first game of the spring season.

He said rehab is going well and he expects to be cleared for running activities in August.

Boldt will spend at least the next three years with the Cornhuskers, the amount of time before Boldt is eligible again for the MLB draft.

“I’m really excited but at the same time I’m kind of nervous because I don’t know what to expect when I get down there,” Boldt said. “I know I’m going to be in good hands and I know I’ll have a good time and get healthy. I’m just excited to get things started.”

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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