For Philadelphia Phillies infielder Scott Kingery, a game at Chase Field feels like a game at home.
"It's pretty special," said Kingery before Tuesday night's game. "I grew up watching the D-backs. I came to a lot of games here. To be able to come back here and actually be playing on the field, it's special. It's something that as a kid, you never think is going to happen."
Kingery, a 24-year-old rookie, returning to Phoenix this week is a dream come true. Growing up in the East Valley, Kingery starred at Mountain Pointe High School before continuing his baseball career at the University of Arizona.
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"I'm thankful that I got a chance to play up until professional baseball in Arizona," said Kingery. "I'm a hometown guy and I love being in Arizona."
Kingery's Arizona baseball roots extend far beyond high school and college ball. In 2006, he helped lead Ahwatukee to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
"That was amazing," said Kingery when asked about his team's magical 2006 run. "As a 12-year-old, obviously that's a big stage and playing on TV, that's pretty exciting."
Those little league memories enhanced because Kingery's teammate on that team was his identical twin brother Sam.
"Growing up, playing alongside of him was unbelievable," said Scott. "It's still the same relationship - a strong relationship. I was the shortstop, he was the second baseman. It was special."
Fast forward to 2018, Scott is making his way through his first big league season. Expectations are high thanks to a 6-year, $24 million contract Scott signed back in March. The contract was the largest guaranteed dollar amount ever rewarded to a player who had yet to make his major league debut.
"Since spring training it's been kind of a whirlwind," said Kingery. "There's been ups and downs. It's been a little crazy but it's been a lot of fun."
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