In a stuffy room filled with the National League All-Stars and scores of media members, Domonic Brown sat at his own booth. A large white sign with his name printed on it sat behind Brown, just another reinforcement that he has made it.

It’s been a long time coming since the start of spring training, when most considered Brown to be getting his last chance with this organization. It’s a funny memory now.

“It’s been great,” Brown said of his experience so far amongst the All-Stars. “I’m just taking it all in.”

It’s also a long way from when Brown starred at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., where Brown spent his senior year of high school. Back then, Brown was a two-sport star, with an offer from Miami to play wide receiver for the football team along with baseball.

Brandon Phillips remembers that Brown. The Reds second baseman, making his third All-Star game, graduated from Redan in 1999. His little brother, P.J., played with Brown, when he was considered more of a pitching prospect.

“He was skinny. He could throw real hard. He had no pop. He had none of that,” Phillips said with a hearty laugh. “But I’m very happy what he’s turned into now.”

Now, Brown is an All-Star. He’s filled out, with his 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame making him look like the prototypical athlete.