Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 10/30/14
Cf
MILWAUKEE Milwaukee Brewers reliever Kameron Loe knew he could always count on hearing his grandfather's voice at his baseball games. From little league through his college days as a pitcher at Cal State-Northridge, Loe's grandfather Howard Pound would always be there, always delivering his typical cheer from within the crowd. "Hubba, hubba!" Pound would yell from the stands. Loe still isn't exactly sure why he said that particular phrase Pound had explained to him that he learned it in the military as a sort of rallying cry but no matter what, Loe could count on hearing his grandfather's voice yelling from the stands, game in and game out. And even as Pound grew older and Loe's baseball career took him from Texas to Japan and finally to Milwaukee each destination thousands of miles away from Pound, who lived in California his grandfather would still yell that same phrase at the television, doing his best to will Loe to a successful outing. As Loe took the mound on Saturday against the Dodgers, though, he knew for the first time in his life that his grandfather wouldn't be in the stands or at home in front of the television to deliver that rallying cheer. At the age of 92, Pound had passed away in his bed the night before. So Loe came out of the bullpen in the top of the 10th inning, with his grandfather in his heart and the game on the line. This one, he had decided, would be for Howard Pound. His grandfather had given Loe so many things over the course of his life winning this game in his honor was the least he could do, he reasoned. After all, without the presence of Pound in his life, there's no telling whether Loe would've ever even made it to the mound. For a boy who had spent much of his childhood without the influence of his father, Pound had been as much of a father as Loe had ever known. He had bought him every piece of sporting equipment he had ever owned, taken him camping and hiking and even enrolled Loe in his first baseball league at just 4 years old. But for Loe, he was even more than that. "He's the guy who taught me how to be a man," Loe said. Baseball had not been Pound's first, or even second, sport. Those spots were reserved for football and basketball, both of which he became an All-American playing at Michigan State. He had even spent a season with the Detroit Lions before enlisting in World War II. But when his grandson was born and showed a love for baseball at a young age, dragging his mother to the yard in the early hours of the morning to throw a ball to him, Pound had found a new sport. "He didn't really know a lot about baseball," Loe said. "He just loved watching me play." And as Loe grew up, Pound never pushed him to try anything. He knew Loe had found his love in the game of baseball. He just had one requirement for his grandson: to always push himself to be the best. "He was a perfectionist and he instilled that in me," Loe said. "He didn't care what I did, as long as I did it to the best of my ability." So as the 10th inning began Thursday, Loe forced Dodgers infielder Adam Kennedy to ground out to second. And after allowing catcher A.J. Ellis to single to the outfield, he induced outfielder Juan Rivera into a double play, ending the inning and giving the Milwaukee offense a chance to win a chance it took advantage of with a Ryan Braun sac fly in the bottom of the inning. The win ensured the Brewers a series victory over the hottest team in baseball. "That one was for my grandpa!" Loe tweeted after the game. "Howard E Pound. A real American hero! I know he was watching." A week later, with the injury to pitcher Chris Narveson forcing fellow long relief pitcher Marco Estrada into the rotation, Loe will play an increasingly important role in the Brewers' bullpen from here on out. And along with him on that journey will always be Pound, the grandfather who made him the man he is today. So at his funeral this weekend in California, Loe and a few others who had remembered Pound from the countless days he spent in the stands watching Loe play, decided to honor him in a way he, unlike any other, would have appreciated. They gave him one last, "Hubba, hubba." Follow Ryan Kartje on Twitter.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texas A&M Aggies bench Kenny Hill for freshman Kyle Allen

Josh Smith's reaction to Faried's criticism: 'He's a clown'

Magic, Mia Hamm among owners of new MLS franchise

Michael Vick broke teammate’s finger with bullet pass

Wes Welker: 'I feel like the weak link' in Broncos' loaded offense

Greg Hardy will not play this season after trial postponement

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chip Kelly on not weighing in on injuries: ‘I’m not Dr. Miyagi’

Saints vs Panthers: preview and prediction

Kevin Youkilis retires after 10 seasons in MLB

Ricky Williams says he retired due to poor quarterback play

Judge rejects request to move Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Jason Garrett optimistic that Tony Romo can play Sunday

WATCH: Jameis Winston forces fumble after throwing INT

Bruce Pearl dressed up as fellow Auburn coach Gus Mazhahn

WATCH: Jimmy Graham head-butts bench

Seahawks host football team from H.S. shocked by shooting

WATCH: Cavs intro in LeBron James’ first game back was wild

Did latest World Series win establish Giants as a dynasty?

Cavaliers give fans instructions on how to do 'Chalk Toss'

Explaining the Penguins loyalty to Marc-Andre Fleury

WATCH: Man obliterates house after Cowboys MNF loss

WATCH: Entire history of Nike in just under three minutes

Eric Decker asked fans why they love Jets, got what he deserved

WATCH: Daniel Bryan celebrates Giants' win predictably

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Welker feels like 'weak link' in offense

Cavs intro for LeBron was wild

Greg Hardy won't play this season

Michael Jordan rips Obama's golf game

Torii Hunter in radio ad opposing gay marriage

Curt Schilling praises Bumgarner

GALLERY: Best of sports pumpkins

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.