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Texarkana natives face off in World Series

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Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha and Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks
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A couple of Texarkana, Texas natives are facing each other on baseball's biggest stage.
    
Just a few years ago, the two major league players were competing against each other on a local level.

Now the two are world series rivals.

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha grew up about ten miles from Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

They even played together in the American Legion summer team.

"It's very unique, said Mayor Bob Bruggeman, Texarkana, Texas. "To my knowledge we've never had anything like this before in our community."

Bruggeman has been a high school umpire for 34 years.

He remembers both players for not just for their baseball talent, but as two fine young men.

"I remember their overall character, very cordial," explained Bruggeman. "They took care of business and were very outstanding athletes."
 
Michael Wacha, 22, joined the Cardinals pitcher rotation in September.

He graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2009.

This is the second major league season for Will Middlebrooks, 25.  

He graduated from Liberty Eylau High School in 2007.

Principal Rick Fowler coached Middlebrooks when they were state champions in 2006.

"They both competed in Texarkana against each other, they played with each other, they know each other the families, they know each other," said Fowler. "I think it's awesome that Liberty Eylau has its representation."

Fowler says all of Texarkana will be watching to see how the series plays out.

"Only one team can win, but there is going to be a ring in Texarkana," explained Fowler. "It's going to be great for Texarkana any way it goes."

Mayor bruggeman says he's been in contact with both schools about staging a celebration when both players return home.

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