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.
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.
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.