Many sports-mad Australians have vivid memories of visiting the MCG for the first time, but Jarrod Freeman's story will certainly be one of the best.
The 20-year-old off-spinner had his first encounter with the sporting colosseum in a training session with the Tasmanian squad on Thursday and is in the mix to play on the surface for the first time against Victoria on Friday in the Sheffield Shield.
Described as "living the dream" by coach Jeff Vaughan, Freeman comes into the MCG clash following an impressive performance against Queensland - making scores of 24 and 38 as well as taking 2-30 in the first innings.
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"He had a pretty good game last week we thought, contributed with both bat and ball and in the field," Vaughan said.
"[He made] some really handy runs for the team in both innings and bowled beautifully with a couple of wickets early on day one or two.
"He's a young man just finding his way in first-class cricket and I'm sure a long career is ahead of him."
Having plied his trade for Cricket Tasmania Premier League outfit Lindisfarne for the past four seasons among fleeting appearances for Mowbray, Freeman grew up playing for both George Town and Beaconsfield as well as being an avid footballer.
I'm sure a long career is ahead of him.Tasmanian coach Jeff Vaughan on Jarrod Freeman
Speaking at the Hobart Airport before making his way across Bass Strait, Vaughan predicted Freeman and the Tasmanian crew would live out their footballing fantasies on the hallowed turf, but wouldn't be overawed by the cricketing occasion ahead.
"I know the very first time I played there it was the very first time I'd been there and just walking out and seeing the stadium itself, and for a couple of days you're in awe of the place and aware of the history of the place," he said
"So I think it will be a hell of a lot of excitement and I'm sure a few of our other team members that have been there and seen football games, played some Test matches etc. will be telling their stories as well."
Among those players with Test match experience is recruit Peter Siddle, who will make his return from a thumb injury sustained in the Big Bash League.
Training with the side for the past week, he will have no bowling restrictions but may be hampered by the injury with the bat and in the field as he takes on his former side of 15 years.
After five matches, the Tigers are yet to win a Sheffield Shield match despite putting themselves in strong positions, something Vaughan described as "frustrating".
"We are in a performance industry, we walk in to any game expecting to win and doing our utmost for a win," he said.
"We've played some good cricket but at the end of the day, that doesn't really mean a lot unless you get a W next to your name.
"That's our objective this week with a Shield game at the MCG and a couple of one-day games following."