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Phegley becoming a hometown hero in Terre Haute

Phegley becoming a hometown hero in Terre Haute


CHICAGO -- Josh Phegley's rise to the Majors and ascension to the primary catching job with the White Sox has resonated all the way back to his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind.

Two television stations from Terre Haute made the trip to Chicago on Monday for the Phegley story, pointing out that Phegley is the first local to play in the Majors since Brian Dorsett, who was a catcher with the Cubs in 1996.

Phegley also stands as the first Mr. Baseball in Indiana from Terre Haute, and the highest First-Year Player Draft pick from Terre Haute. White Sox games had a high viewing rate at local establishments during this past weekend, according to one member of the coverage crew.

"I'm very proud to hear those people are behind me. I'm from Terre Haute, and I will always represent them," said Phegley, a popular pregame subject for the Chicago media as well. "I'm glad to hear everybody is following me. I'm glad to see some people make a few games. I saw my high school coach down in [St. Petersburg] for a few games, so it's been awesome."

Phegley went 1-for-3 with his second home run in the 8-2 loss to the Cubs.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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