WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. - Jacob Booden didn't realize he was making Peoria Chiefs history, he just likes the fact he's home.
Booden became the first former Bradley player to ever suit up for the home town Peoria Chiefs on Sunday. Monday he was back at Dozer Park, where he played his college career.
"It feels like home," said Booden before the Chiefs opened a six-game home stand. "I don't have to really get used to the surroundings, honestly. I know the mound, I know how the field plays."
Booden pitched at Bradley from 2009-2012. The Cardinals signed him as an undrafted free agent two years ago and promoted him to the Chiefs Saturday in Cedar Rapids.
He took the loss in relief in his Chiefs' debut Sunday.
"Obviously, it's a little better competition than college ball. I'm excited to get on this mound and have kind of a hometown feel to it," said Booden.