PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' home opener came Friday at Chase Field with the first pitch at 4:10 p.m. The fans were excited, "Opening Day at home," said season ticket holder Gary Carnell. "Man it's exciting." 

A familiar voice sang the National Anthem, Austin Burke, who sang the first National Anthem in Diamondbacks history 21 years ago. 

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The Nashville recording artist and Valley native was back to sing on Opening Day when the D-backs take on the Red Sox.

Burke grew up in the Valley. He made his first appearance on Arizona’s Family as a 5-year-old. He tweeted a picture of himself on the scoreboard singing the anthem in the very first game played at Chase Field.

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Burke moved to San Diego for high school. He spent a year chasing his baseball dream, as a left handed pitcher at a junior college in Santa Barbara. He moved to Nashville to pursue his other dream, starting off working in a restaurant.

He’s a big D-backs fan and calls manager Torey Lovullo a friend. Burke will play at Country Thunder on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


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(5) comments


Familiar voice from 21 years ago? uhhhh ok....

Jim B

Diamondbacks suck

Uncle Leo

Looking at your comments Jim B, looks like you are a sad, lonely miserable person. I would hate to be you. Get well my friend

Paul Labiche

He's not wrong.


So true

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