ANAHEIM -- Grant Green might have had the biggest cheering section among any of the participants in Sunday's XM All-Star Futures Game. But that only partly explained why the A's prospect enjoyed himself so much. Green, 22, was essentially playing on his home turf. He grew up in Anaheim Hills, about a 20-minute drive from Angel Stadium. He rooted primarily for the Giants as a youth, but still attended Angels games regularly. "Playing on the field was a kick," said Green, who played the final four innings at shortstop and second base for the U.S. in their 9-1 victory over the World squad.
Being a local boy afforded Green another fringe benefit. "I got to go home for dinner last night," said Green, who estimated that he had 30 to 35 relatives and friends watching from the stands. Green, who's hitting .321 with eight homers and 42 RBIs for Oakland's Class A Advanced Stockton affiliate, appreciated the experience of performing with and against the best of his peers. "Other guys who played in this game told me it was amazing," Green said. "It was everything they said and more. ... You can go away knowing that when you play in your first big league game, you've kind of done it before. You've played on the stage. You've played with the competition that's in the big leagues." Green made the most of his Futures Game appearance by drilling a sixth-inning RBI single in his first at-bat, connecting with Trystan Magnuson's 0-1 pitch. Green was purposely aggressive early in the count against Magnuson. "I didn't want to see his secondary pitches," said Green, who grounded out in the eighth inning.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.