Boy, 9, plays catch with D-backs players

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

What makes the Cactus League so fun is the access that the fans get to the players.

On Sunday, a young man from Chandler became part of a viral video after he played catch some D-backs players.

It's baseball season so 9-year-old Connor Barnes is getting his arm in shape.

"I play catch every day with my friends," said Connor.

But Connor has never had a day and never had a catch like he did on Sunday.

Connor became an internet sensation thanks to a tweet from the Diamondbacks.

The tweet showed video Connor playing catch with Diamondbacks catcher Oscar Hernandez and Brandon Drury.

"I threw the ball to him and then he just threw a pop-fly to me and I caught it," explained Connor. "He was like this but he might have been saying bye but he might have been like throw it here so I threw it and he was like ok, let's play some catch."

Hernandez's teammate Brandon Drury also took a throw from Connor.

It's what's unique about spring training; the fans can get up close and personal with the players.

"It's really cool that people watch it," said Connor. I've never actually gotten to play with a player before."

It's even prompting Connor to make a position change on his team, coached by his dad.

He now wants to be a catcher like Hernandez.

Who knows, 15 years from now it may be Connor playing catch with a kid in the stands.

"I want to play for the D-backs," said Connor. "I've lived here all my life. My grandpa was born near the Cubs so I really want to play for both."

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