Brewers star Christian Yelich was overcome with emotion upon signing his new contract. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Yelich is a very wealthy man after signing a nine-year deal worth $215 million to remain with the Milwaukee Brewers through 2028.

One doesn’t get to that point without a lot of support, and Yelich gave an emotional answer when asked who he thought of when signing a deal like this. Beyond his parents and family, he also cited his coaches, and grew a little emotional when reminiscing about the people who had put his career over theirs at various points.

It’s easy for a lot of people to see someone sign a contract like Yelich’s and lose touch of how much work has been put in just to get to that point. Yelich was a highly-touted prospect and a good MLB player, but even as late as his trade to Milwaukee, he would never have been viewed as a $200 million player. Even now, he uses his doubters to motivate him. It seems like the Brewers have made a good bet extending him.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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