Travis Hafner

From Harper to Puckett, Grand Junction a JUCO baseball mecca

A few years before Bryce Harper was hammering home runs at big league ballparks, the slugger had dreams of bashing baseballs in western Colorado.

Getting to Grand Junction means you've made it to the JUCO World Series. And for every junior college player, that has been the dream destination since 1959, with Suplizio Field and its majestic mountain backdrop serving as host.

"When I look back, I can say one of my favorite times I ever had on the baseball field and one of the greatest years of my life was playing JUCO," Harper says of playing in 2010 for the College of Southern Nevada in the upcoming book, "JUCO's Journey."

"And the JUCO World...