Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant both spent time in San Diego, with varying degrees of success.
Now the two Cubs stars are back in America's Finest City as starters in the All-Star Game.
It was just three years ago that Bryant was tearing up the college ranks as a slugger at the University of San Diego.
Bryant's 31 home runs with San Diego during the 2013 season led to the Cubs spending the No. 2 overall pick in that year's draft on him. And two years after that, Bryant made his debut on the North Side, later named to his first All-Star team and earning National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Now he's back as the starting NL third baseman in San Diego's All-Star Game, and he's happy to return to his old stomping grounds.
"I love coming back here, it's so much fun," Bryant said Monday in San Diego. "It's good to be back. I always go through campus again and go to all my favorite dinner spots.
"It kind of rewinds time a little bit, makes you feel like home. This place is definitely a special place to me."
Rizzo's time in San Diego wasn't anywhere near as productive, but he believes it's allowed him to have a similar amount of success.
Drafted by the Red Sox and then traded to the Padres, Rizzo made his big league debut with San Diego during the 2011 season.
Rizzo posted an ugly .141/.281/.242 slash line with just one homer and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats, getting sent down after his initial two-month call-up in June and July and then brought back up in September.
The Cubs dealt for him in the ensuing offseason, and he's been an All Star in three straight seasons, this year the leading vote-getter in all of baseball.
So while no one wants to debut in the fashion Rizzo did with the Padres, he considers it a good thing, as it led to him coming to Chicago.
"(I wonder) what it would have been like if I was good when I played here. I'm happy that I wasn't," Rizzo joked Monday. "I'm in a really good situation in Chicago. It's basically like my home now, and I feel like the city's embraced me. I've embraced the city. Everything happens for a reason, and it's great.
"I always want to play well. Looking back, I'm not happy that I didn't, but I'm happy with where I'm at now."