Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager raced into the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium after batting practice just in time to see his youngest brother, Corey, being selected with the 18th pick of the first round by the Dodgers in the First-Year Player Draft.
At virtually the same time, middle brother Justin, a junior-to-be at UNC-Charlotte, was hitting a double in what turned into a four-hit game in Green Bay, Wis., in a collegiate summer league contest. And still beaming from ear-to-ear, Kyle then went out and laced a home run in the first inning of the Mariners' 8-6 victory over the Angels.
Who won bragging rights in the Seager household?
"I don't know," Kyle said, still smiling on Tuesday afternoon. "Justin got the most hits, Corey was a first-rounder. I think I'm taking third in that discussion. But that's a good day."
Seager said seeing his brother selected so high by the Dodgers was "one of the most memorable moments I've had" and set off a celebration in the Mariners clubhouse.
"I just lost it. It was unbelievable," said Seager, himself a third-round Draft pick of the Mariners in 2009. "When I got drafted, I was just nervous. I was definitely more excited to see him get picked."
Corey Seager, 18, a shortstop, is six years younger than Kyle, but four inches taller at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds as a graduating senior at Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord. The two have never played together because of their age difference, but worked out together last offseason.
"He's going to be special. He's got a lot of talent," Seager said. "I just told him to enjoy it. This is an amazing moment in your life and an unbelievable accomplishment. It's really special for me as his older brother, just to see all that he's done and to have your younger brother have that much success."