Scooter heads to the show
Milwaukee Brewers Scooter Gennett sends a line shot to first base, during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.(Photo/Roy Dabner) ORG XMIT: RD156 Image by Roy Dabner
MILWAUKEE - Most of us at some point were asked when we were younger what we wanted to be when we grew up. Many of us answered "I want to be a big league ballplayer."
Scooter Gennett's parents took their 10-year old seriously. So much so that his parent quit their jobs, moved from Cincinnati to Florida, and enrolled their pre-teen in as many year-round baseball camps as possible.
"The sacrifices they made were pretty crazy," Gennett said Monday night after grounding out as a pinch hitter in making his Major League debut. "When you think about a 10-year old, it's really unheard of. "
Gennett's father, Don, was a scout for many years with the Houston Astros, so perhaps he had a sense that his son had what it took to make it as a professional.
Even still, how many parents would take that leap of faith?
Gennett was hitting .297 for the Class-AAA Nashville Sounds when he was summoned to manager Mike Guerrero's office Sunday afternoon. When Gennett arrived and found an unhappy coaching staff telling him that he was out of the lineup for Monday's game at Round Rock, the 23-year old Brewers prospect was dumbfounded.
"(Guerrero) approached it like I was in trouble; like I was getting fined," Gennett recalls. " I was nervous. He said 'you're not playing tomorrow' and I had been playing almost every day, so of course I wasn't happy to hear that."
Gennett's nerves were calmed and then jolted all at once when the ruse was revealed: he was headed to the Major Leagues.
"It's hard to put words into the feeling," Gennett says of seeing his Brewers jersey hanging in his locker for the first time at Miller Park on Sunday. "You work for so hard for the majority of your life to get to this point and now I get to walk in here and see my jersey and name on my locker. It's an unbelievable experience."