Sunday, April 24, 2011

His moment to shine

I celebrated Easter with my family this weekend. The big news in our family is that my brother is getting married this summer. Probably bigger news to Nick was that we let him say more than two sentences during the meal. See, Nick has had the distinct pleasure of growing up with five sisters. He's the fifth of six kids. Nick has sat quietly through many meals while we all blathered on and on about ourselves. Today, we were interested in what he had to say. We needed more wedding details.

"Nick," my sister Alice said. "I've been thinking about your bachelor party and I've got it: You, all of your sisters and Chubby's North. Think about it."

After years of sitting on the sidelines, Nick is finally front and center.

It's a little like Brandon Boggs. Boggs was selected by Texas in the 2004 draft and played in 101 games for the Rangers in 2008. He never made it back to the majors as a full-time basis, however, and following the 2010 season, he was granted free agency. The Brewers signed him in November. He seemed poised to make the team out of spring training (with the injury to Corey Hart) but the Brewers traded for Nyjer Morgan and kept Erick Almonte and Mark Kotsay to play right field.

Boggs was assigned to AAA Nashville and decided to accept the assignment rather than test the free agent market. He made the most out of Nashville, and when Morgan went on the DL last week, Boggs was called up to replace him. On Sunday, he hit a second inning home run to get the Brewers on the board. Milwaukee would go on to win 4-1 behind another strong pitching performance by Randy Wolf.

Good for Boggs for taking advantage of the spotlight while he has it.

Brewers 4, Astros 1
Game played 4-24-11

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