At Home with Casey McGehee
By Rod Burks and Maureen Mack
MILWAUKEE - He's the Brewers new phenomenon, and some are talking "Rookie of the Year."
But Casey McGehee is no rookie when it comes to hard work. And now, he's putting that determination into another important job: Being a dad.
He invited TODAY'S TMJ4's Rod Burks to his home during the All-Star break to spend time with his family.
That family consists of the young McGehee, beautiful wife Sarah, and two-year old son Mack.
Mack knows exactly what his dad does.
"What does Bernie Brewer do?" Casey asked him.
"Slides... hot dog! Chorizo!" Mack responded.
Two-year old Mack is funny, sharp and sweet.
Just like his dad trying to make it to the majors, Mack is struggling to overcome his own adversity. He was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
"It took me quite a while to come to terms with it," Casey admitted.
Mack was a preemie, had several surgeries, and then the news came that he had CP and brain damage. That's a lot for parents to handle.
"Sometimes I forget," Casey said honestly.
"You look at him and he looks normal you know, he's talkative and happy, wants to be in the middle of everytyhing but then you see him try to stand up or sit up like the other kids his age and just has a tough time, so sometimes it hits you more than others."
Sarah admitted it can be tough, especially when her husband is on the road.
"I'm not sad for myself, I'm sad for him at time," she said.
Sarah plays the role of supermom, with daily trips to therapy sessions, caring for herself and Mack.
"It's like groundhog day. Every day seems like we do the same thing every day when he's gone," she said.
To watch the McGehee's, you'd never know Casey's a major league player having one heck of a year. To us, they seem to be just a regular, loving family.
"For the most part it really doesn't change our day to day life," Sarah told us.
Even Casey's victories on the field revolve around his son. Mack was there when he hit his first home run at Miller Park.
Now, Mack is preparing for his big debut, where he will throw out the first pitch at the game July 29. The same day, the Brewers players' wives will present United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin a check for $50,000.
Casey is so excited about that day.
"To just be able to see him on the field before the game out there, that's gonna be something really special, the only regret I have it is I wish he was a little bit older so he'll be able to remember it."