McGehee on lookout for lucky charm
UPDATE: Found! Two local news outlets identified the young fan as Clayton Wollner, 7, of Sussex, Wis. Old friend of MLB.com JR Radcliffe (you can follow him on Twitter) ran a photo of Casey and Clayton at LivingLakeCountry.com. We’ll see where this goes…
Casey McGehee was nearly finished discussing his big day and the Brewers’ big win Wednesday when he released the all points bulletin.
“I’ve got to tell you guys a story before you go,” McGehee told reporters. “It was pretty cool.”
Hey, the guy had just delivered three homers in a 10-5 win over the Cardinals that grew the Brewers’ National League Central lead to 3 1/2 games. You stick around and listen.
“This morning, I got to meet a little kid. His name’s Clayton,” McGehee said. “Clayton was being pretty shy and I kept asking him, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ He wouldn’t ask me anything. Finally, jokingly, his dad asks me, ‘Why don’t you hit a home run for him?’”
McGehee scoffed. He’d hit five home runs all season, none since July 6 and one in his last 63 games.
“It it was that easy, I would have had one by now,” McGehee answered. “How about we just go for I don’t screw anything up for the kid today? That was good enough for him.”
But wouldn’t you know it? McGehee hit a go-ahead, two-run home run off Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson in the first inning. McGehee hit another go-ahead, two-run homer off Jackson in the third for his second career multi-homer game, and a solo shot in the seventh for what McGehee believes is the first three-homer game of his life.
So, if you’re the young Brewers fan named Clayton, seven years old or so, and you chatted with McGehee on Wednesday morning, he’d like to see you again.
“I want to bring him to Houston with me, and then we’re going to go to St. Louis,” said McGehee, perhaps joking, perhaps not, about the team’s upcoming road trip. “I want to get him a locker — we have a little space right here. Hopefully, we’re going to track Clayton down.”
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