"It was even more exciting than I thought it'd be," Brewer said. "I had pitched in Los Angeles in front of 40,000 fans and in San Diego with a ton of fans, but last night I had even more excitement than my Major League debut. There's just something special about making your home debut. All the fans got loud when I was announced, it was pretty awesome."
Brewer, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings on the road in his first stint with the D-backs in mid-June but was optioned back to the Minors before the club returned home, worked a clean ninth inning Saturday night against the Rockies, allowing one hit and striking out a batter.
"I've been coming to this field since 1998 when I was a kid," he said. "I was always in the stands as a spectator but now I'm on the field playing for a first-place team. It's an amazing feeling, you can't match it."
So with his childhood home a mere half-hour away, just how many friends and family members did Brewer have at the game?
"I don't even know," he said. "I've been in the bullpen and a ton of random people have come to say hi, just screaming out my name. It's been really cool. There's been a lot."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.