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      Mt. Pleasant native makes home debut for Riverdogs

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Players never know where the long and winding path of minor league baseball may take them. Wando High grad and former CofC outfielder Daniel Aldrich is living that journey.{}

      "It's definitely a grind," said Aldrich. "You never know what'll happen. People are hurt all the time, they make moves a lot. I've gone from Staten Island to Tampa to here."{}

      He struggled a bit in rookie ball, but did get to live the big city life a bit in Staten Island.{}

      "I spent a lot of time at the field but did make my way into the city a few times. It was pretty neat, never had been there before," he said.{}

      Home is where the heart is for the kid who grew up watching the Riverdogs who is now sleeping in his own bed while playing for them.{}

      "I didn't leave the house yesterday; I stayed there all day. It was real nice," he said.{}

      You'd think that along with play at home comes hometown pressure.{}

      "I wouldn't say that," said Aldrich. "I've played here in high school, college and now as a pro. I've had family watching me play all the time. It won't be any different, I'll have a lot of friends and family here tonight and I'm pretty pumped."{}

      He's pumped, but hoping to climb the ladder and not be home for long.{}

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