Well – not exactly. If that were true, the Los Angeles Dodgers would have picked up a former Bruin named Matt Thayer.

"I guess you could say I am a Dodger fan," Thayer whispered.

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Padres Prospect Interview: Matt Thayer

Matt Thayer has been a Southern California guy forever. He grew up in Los Angeles and went to school at UCLA. As if his wish came true, the San Diego Padres drafted Thayer. <br><br> "Hometown team picked me," Thayer said. <br><br> Well – not exactly. If that were true, the Los Angeles Dodgers would have picked up a former Bruin named Matt Thayer. <br><br> "I guess you could say I am a Dodger fan," Thayer whispered. <br><br>

A what? "Now the Padres are my new favorite team," Thayer quickly retorted with confidence. Given where he grew up it is not a surprise and fans are more than happy to forgive the misguided youth. Thayer played centerfield for the Bruins and provided a spark from the leadoff spot. Its great academic and athletic history provided him with a variety of options and comfort level. Settling on...

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