Matt Bush finally made it to Petco Park as a big leaguer.

He said he always envisioned playing here, although his journey to Tony Gwynn Drive has been unlike anything people imagined for the former hotshot shortstop from Mission Bay High — just 10 miles from the downtown home of the San Diego Padres.

Now 31, Bush recently became the closer for the Texas Rangers. He made his big league debut last year after resurrecting a pro career derailed by alcoholism and a 51-month prison sentence for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man.

He was 18 when the hometown Padres made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft and gave him a $3.15 million signing bonus. The Padres passed on players such as Justin Verlander and Stephen Drew, who they thought would be too tough to sign.