Not many six-year-olds get to spend their summers hanging out with big league players and walking around baseball clubhouses. Twins reliever Josh Roenicke wasn't like many six-year-olds.
Roenicke's father, Gary, spent 12 seasons with four different teams as a major league outfielder. Josh's uncle, Ron, also played in the majors and spent eight years with six teams. So as a youngster, Josh followed around his dad and uncle during their respective careers, occasionally popping into the locker rooms in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
When Roenicke made his major league debut in Cincinnati in 2008, he was coming full circle from his childhood trips to the ballpark. Finally, he was the one with his own locker and that familiar Roenicke name above it.
"I remember my call-up in '08 and I walked into the clubhouse and I was like, 'The last time I was there I was about six years old in a big league clubhouse,'" Roenicke said. "Going from that to actually being on the team and having a jersey on ...