After great game, Laird watches brother thrive

After great game, Laird watches brother thrive

ATLANTA -- Gerald Laird got a rare treat on Saturday: he got to see his younger brother, Brandon, play baseball.

Brandon Laird is an infielder in the Yankees' organization. The Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees played at Gwinnett on Saturday night, not far from downtown Atlanta where the Cardinals are playing.

"I don't get to see him much, so it was nice to go up there and watch him," said the elder Laird. "He had two hits, had a double and a single. I took him out to dinner, hung out for a little bit and then got back to town."

The brothers live near each other in the offseason, but their schedules almost never intertwine during the year. It added up to just about a perfect day for Gerald Laird, who had the game-winning hit for the Cardinals in the afternoon before watching his brother have a strong game against one of baseball's top pitching prospects, Julio Teheran.

"I could tell he was starting to see the ball better, laying off some tough pitches," Gerald Laird said. "It was just nice to see him."