Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park.

On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs.

“It’s come full circle. It’s really surreal,” Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before first pitch. “I used to sit up there in the upper deck in right field for $5, the cheap seats, and now I get to play and get to face James Shields.”

Bryant starred at the University of San Diego before the Cubs took him with the No. 2 pick overall in the 2013 amateur draft.

Monday was an off day, which Bryant spent “cruising at the beach.

‘‘I didn’t get the chance to do that. I was either in school or playing baseball.”

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