CAPE COD, Mass. (KSDK) – Twenty-six-year-old Joe Kelly has come a long way, prepping for the World Series kickoff at Fenway Park in Boston.
But just five years ago he was living in a woman's basement on nearby Cape Cod.
"He weighed 120 soaking wet and he still does," said Barbara Ellsworth.
Kelly was chasing his dream of playing pro, pitching in the elite collegiate Cape Cod Baseball League the summer of 2008. Ellsworth was Kelly's host family.
"That was one of my best summers that was fun, really fun," said Kelly.
"The Cape its wall to wall girls on the beach, so they party a little bit," said Ellsworth.
But she says Kelly was always dedicated to the game.
"Really was a very good kid and not entitled, like many of today's athletes are," said Ellsworth.
Ellsworth has hosted 100 aspiring pro baseball players over the last 30 years, mothering them, rooting for them, and of course, feeding them.
"Good food. I called her a few times about her recipes. This recipe, poppy seed chicken she'd always make for us," said Kelly.
"My poppy seed chicken has gone to more major league wives," said Ellsworth.
And while she sports the shirt Kelly gave her representing his alma mater, the big question is, who is she rooting for?
"When you're on the mound, maybe I'll give you 50 percent of my, but other than that Boston strong," said Ellsworth.
Repoerter: "She told me she's always rooted for you until now."
"I don't like to hear that. She's gonna have to root for me still," said Kelly.
The one piece of advice Ellsworth gives to all her young college ball players is there's no room for girls in baseball. They'll zap your strength.