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40 • RV PRO • June 2021 rv-pro.com A dam Hyzdu isn't someone who was born on third base and tells people he hit a triple. Whether it was during his pro- fessional baseball playing days or in his current job as the owner of Auto Corral RV in Mesa, Ariz., he says he's always had to work hard to get into scoring position and be successful. "I was the 15th player taken in the draft, and I thought 14 teams didn't think I could play," says the former No. 1 draft pick of the (San Francisco) Giants in 1990. "So, I went into my first couple of years in professional baseball thinking I was somehow inferior compared to the guys I was playing with. Obviously, there were incredible layers of immaturity associated with that thought process." As a result, his first few years were more challenging than they needed to be, Hyzdu says now. "I played 18 years, and it took me 10 years to get to the big leagues – and part of that is because I screwed up my first few years as a prospect," he says. "I had moved myself into the status of: 'Now I have to prove myself every year' – so I worked hard to maximize all of my skills because I learned nothing was going to be given to me. As a result, I was able to stick around after my first three years." More than just "sticking around," Hyzdu went on to play for the World Champion 2004 Boston Red Sox and receive a World Series ring – but it almost didn't happen. Winning Teams World Series champion Adam Hyzdu applies lessons from his long baseball career and hits a home run with his Mesa, Ariz.-based RV dealer ownership. By Rob Merwin Adam Hyzdu, owner of Auto Corral RV, is pictured inside his dealership, which has some mementos from his time as a professional baseball player. Hyzdu says he applies many of the lessons he learned playing professional baseball to running a dealership. Auto Corral RV's sales lot can accommodate up to 100 units, although it typically carries an average of 60 or 70 units, which is an inventory level Hyzdu is comfortable with. Photos by Randy Anagnostis RV D E A L E R S

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