MILWAUKEE Cody Ransom doesn't remember much from the experience, but the shortstop's career with the Milwaukee Brewers actually started much, much earlier than that of any active player on Milwaukee's roster.
As a grade school kid growing up in Chandler, Ariz., Ransom lived only a few miles from the Brewers' spring training facility. And since Ransom's family knew people at the facility -- the town wasn't very big in those days, he says -- the young Ransom was handed the honorable title of Brewers' batboy.
Ransom has landed in a whole lot of destinations since he was last associated with the Brewers. And now, 36 years old with a wife and two kids at home, Ransom hopes Milwaukee may be the final stop in his long, winding career.
Ransom's career, especially since leaving the San Francisco Giants' organization, has been a particularly uncertain one. He is, by all accounts, the definition of a baseball journeyman. Now a utility infielder -- he started his career as just a shortstop ...