Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/20/14
MILWAUKEE This moment was what Brett Lawrie had wanted from the beginning, from the day the Brewers had drafted him with the 16th overall pick in 2008. He stood at home plate at Miller Park on Monday night and watched the first pitch go through the strike zone and into the catcher's glove. Then, as the next pitch crossed the plate, Lawrie slammed it into the deepest part of center field, over the outfielder's head and into the stands. A home run in his first major league at-bat at Miller Park? It was better than he could've dreamt the night the Brewers had drafted him, the night he decided he would make it to the major leagues as fast as possible, and no one was going to stop him. But that specific dream for his first at-bat at Miller Park had faded away a long time ago. Nineteen months ago, to be exact. That's when the Brewers traded Lawrie for then-Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum in the midst of serious tension between prospect and management and subtle slights ...
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