Every baseball player dreams about the same situation; bottom of the ninth, full-count, game seven of the World Series.
For the batters, they hit the game winning homer. For the pitchers, they blow the final strike by the hitter. Regardless of the outcome, each and every occurrence results in their team, their favorite team, winning the World Series.
Evey kid grows up wanting to play for their favorite team. For 95 percent of professional athletes, that dream never comes to fruition.
Sports, after all, is a business. And organizations are forced to draft or sign the best available players, regardless of where they grew up and what teams they rooted for.
For the fortunate few who are able to play close to where they developed as amateurs, their friends and families are able to keep an eye on their every move as former hometown heroes make their way into the national spotlight.
What follows is a list of 20 players, each of whom is lucky enough to live that exact lifestyle.
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