Emery makes childhood dreams come true

Rob Emery grew up a San Francisco Giants fan. Now he plays in the Giants organization for the Eugene Emeralds.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 9:51 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2021 10:02 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- There was only one thing Eugene Emeralds catcher Robert Emery wanted to do after a day at preschool.

"I was begging my dad to walk down the hall to Joe Dimaggio Park to play catch and have him hit me balls," Emery said.

The only problem was the park was all concrete. 

"I kept coming home scuffed up and my mom was like 'hey you gotta find a different place to practice,'" Emery said.

Those scuffs went away when Emery found Pacific Bell Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

"We were going to 50, 60 games a year," Emery said.

In 2002, the Giants director of ticket sales moved in below the Emery family.

That led to Emery getting two season tickets next to the Giants bullpen.

It was a dream come true for a young baseball fan.

"Those years were a dream for a kid who was 4, 5, 6 years old," Emery said. "You know the legends of the time. Willie McCovey, Willie Mays was still around the ballpark, David Bell, Rich Aurilia, Barry Bonds. 

Emery says one of his favorite memories was when he played catch with Bonds during a Giants game.

"I'm standing right there and I got to warm up Barry Bonds from the stands, playing catch with him," Emery said. 

The 2020 MLB Draft was limited to just five rounds.

Emery went undrafted as a senior catcher from the University of San Francisco.

"You're willing to go anywhere," Emery said. "Your college season just got cancelled, you will do anything to continue playing and get that chance."

Emery's pro chances seemed slim. 

But in a full circle moment Emery received a call from the Giants, his favorite childhood team. 

"It was a no-brainer," Emery said. "It really is a great day to be a Giant."

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