Berry and Jones grew up together in San Diego and played high school baseball together. The former teammates plan to eat dinner together before the series begins, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.
“It will be awesome,” Berry said told the Free Press. “My biggest dream since he got to the big leagues was to get the opportunity to play against him one day.”
The outfielders took different routes to get to this point. Berry attended San Diego State to play college ball. He’s bounced around the minor leagues for seven years with five different organizations.
Jones, on the other hand, chose to go pro after high school, unlike his “best friend” Berry.
“We worked out the last four or five years together and just pushed each other,” Jones told the Free Press. “It's special for him to get to the bigs, special for me, and I think for San Diego, our high school, our elementary school, all our friends. We're both playing major league baseball, and that's rare.”