Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By CORY McCARTNEY  |  Last updated 9/13/13
ATLANTA -- The headline may as well read "Local boy makes good." It was the stuff of fairy tales, Disney, Hollywood or whatever cliche you want to toss out there. Everything was perfect ... all except for the ending. David Hale stood at his locker in the Braves' clubhouse, a Marietta kid having made his debut for the team he grew up rooting for. He estimated over 100 people came to see him. He had so many ticket requests, he had to ask them to be limited to immediate family only. The Padres claimed the game 4-3 Friday night, in come-from-behind fashion, but the night largely belonged to Hale, the team's third-round pick in 2009, who produced a debut unlike any in franchise history. "It was a dream come true, it really was," Hale said. "I had so much adrenaline an emotion, I'm just glad it turned out that way." With Paul Maholm dealing with soreness in his pitching elbow Hale stepped in and would strike out nine, eclipsing the franchise record for a debut shared by Bob Dresser ...
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