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Joc Pederson hung out with Lynn Swann and led USC out of the tunnel for its game with UCLA

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In an alternate reality, Joc Pederson would be a star in the NFL, instead of a slugging Dodgers outfielder acting out every young baseball player's dreams with dramatic World Series home runs. 

High-school Joc was a star on the diamond and the gridiron, eventually choosing baseball and the Dodgers (instead of playing for his father's alma mater, the University of Southern California, with whom he committed before being selected by Los Angeles in the 2011 MLB Draft). 

On Saturday, the Trojans hosted the crosstown rival UCLA Bruins at the Los Angeles Coliseum in USC's home finale. On hand for the festivities? You guessed it, Joc ... making this somewhat of a reunion: 

And it was Pederson who led the charge when the Trojans burst out of the tunnel before the game:

hype man hype man hype man

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Here's a great action shot from the Dodgers and photographer Jon SooHoo on Instagram: 

@yungjoc650 leads the Trojans out. 📷: @jon.soohoo

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Pederson also linked up with current USC athletic director and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann for a fun photo: 

We have to think this was probably a fun Saturday night for Joc.