NEW YORK -- Zach Britton was in high school when he met Jake Arrieta.
And when he met Clayton Kershaw. And when he played against Brandon Belt.
So when Belt made the Giants' opening day roster, Britton texted Kershaw to reminisce. When Britton got to the big leagues with the Orioles, Arrieta was already there.
Is this the big leagues, or just a Texas neighborhood reunion?
It would be a big neighborhood. Belt grew up in Lufkin, 230 miles away from where Britton went to high school in Weatherford, just west of Fort Worth. Arrieta is from Plano, just north of Dallas, where Kershaw grew up.
But the connections are real.
Britton's older brother Clay played with Arrieta at Weatherford Junior College.
"I've known him since I was a sophomore in high school," Britton said.
Britton played summer-league baseball with Kershaw at the Dallas Baseball Academy, and the two planned to pitch together at Texas A&M before both were high draft picks and decided to sign out of high school.
"He's a good guy," Britton said. "We talk a lot."
They're not as close to Belt, but they do remember facing him.
Kershaw faced Belt again the other night, in the big leagues. He and Belt may eventually see Britton and Arrieta in an interleague game, or even in a World Series game.
"That would be something," Britton said. "We'd definitely talk about it, and about how far we would have come."