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Former Oregon State Beaver playing in World Series

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Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets will go head to head this week in the World Series.

While the Mariners aren't in the game, there are some big Northwest connections.

Last year, Michael Conforto from Woodinville, Washington was playing for Oregon State. This year, he is playing for the New York Mets.

Conforto was called up to the majors just 3 months ago.

"It's really cool. Michael made the jump so quick that it's almost unimaginable," said OSU Beaver Baseball head coach Pat Casey.

The Mets think highly of Conforto.

"He's a wonderful kid and he moved into this lineup and this locker room exactly as he should," said Dan Warthen.

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen lived in Portland in the off-season, since he played for the Portland Beavers in 1979.

If Conforto's trip to the World Series is incredibly quick, Warthen's trip has been a long time coming.

Warthen pitched for 4 seasons in the majors then threw out his arm. 

After 45 years in baseball, this is Warthen's first trip to the World Series.

"Of course this is why we've stayed in the game as long as we have, looking for this moment. It's everything that we had hoped it to be, wanted it to be, expected it to be. The thrill makes you feel like you're 15 or 18 years old again," said Warthen.

Warthen said his work with his pitchers is paying off.

"They're a pretty sensational group. They all have power arms, they're just guys that go out there and overpower you. They have secondary pitches they can throw behind in the count," said Warthen.

At 62, Warthen is living a young man's hard-earned dream.

"I love being all parts of that. The father, the priest, the rabbi, all the way down so it's a good gig for me," Warthen said.

As for Conforto, he has made an elite list. He is only the third person ever to have played in the Little League World Series, the College World Series and now the World Series.

The World Series begins on Tuesday at 5 p.m. on FOX 12.

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