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Helms now coaching his son

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Former Major League third baseman Wes Helms is now a coach for the Birmingham Believers, a local 10-year-old baseball team.

Helms has a favorite player on the team.

It's his son and first baseman Wesley Helms.

"It's a dream come true because I can just remember him running around the big league clubhouse with me," Helms said. "(He was) going in there stealing food and throwing things at the players. Now I'm out here returning the favor to him."

"We're very similar hitters," Helms said. "He's a right field hitter, just like I was. I couldn't pull the ball when I was little and he can't either. So I look at little things like that and it's got to be genetic because it's not something we always worked on."

So what are some of the things Helms says to his son during practice?

"I play first (base)," Wesley said. "So when there's a pick, he says, 'Pick it like a booger.'"

"Sometimes, I'll be honest with you," Helms said. "I have to even step back because I have to realize they're ten. At the level I played at so long, mistakes were exposed big time. You could not make mistakes of you were out of the league. I have to just step back sometimes and remind myself that they are ten. They are going to make that bonehead play where we wouldn't have. I just have to remember I'm out here to get them better when it's all said and done."

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