As a kid who played sports growing up, I can think of nothing that would be cooler than making it all the way to the top level in a sport, putting on a big league uniform, and getting to play in front of my family and friends near my hometown. That exact dream is about to come true for former Rocky Mountain High School pitcher, Marco Gonzales. 

The left-handed throwing Gonzales is the only Colorado high school pitcher to be the winning pitcher in four state championship games (2007-10). After high school at Rocky in Fort Collins, Gonzales went to college at Gonzaga where the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him from a little more than a year ago, with the 19th pick in the first round.

Things worked out perfectly for Gonzales as has been pitching great for the Cardinals Double-A team from Springfield and a couple of the Cardinals big league starters were injured. That made room for Gonzales on the Cardinals roster, and he will get to make his first ever major league appearance in his home state Wednesday (June 25) when the Cardinals call him up to face the Rockies.

By the way, the Rockies have lost 7 games in-a-row, and are falling out of contention, plus they had the chance to have Gonzales when they drafted him originally in 2010, but didn't make him a significant offer. What I am trying to say is, it's completely fine to root against the hometown team to cheer on a hometown boy!