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The first day I got to camp, Brewers Beatwriter Adam McCalvy asked me, “Have you heard Brett Phillips laugh yet?”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
Adam said I needed to hear (and see) it for myself. He also said that my goal for camp should be to capture it for Brewers social media. A little while later, someone asked me the same thing. I was beginning to wonder what the buzz was all about.
Well, on photo day while I was busy running the Social Media station, Kevin Holden of Milwaukee’s CBS 58 affiliate happened to capture it on film and tweeted out the video, which generated a lot of buzz.
That was the first time that I heard Brett’s unique laugh, but I knew it wouldn’t be the last. It’s almost become a game for some of his teammates to try to make him laugh for their own amusement.
That’s where #MomJokeMonday comes in (No, we’re not talking about “Yo Mama” jokes here, I promise). In case you missed it, each Monday during Spring Training, we’ll be posting a Joke of the Day courtesy of Will Smith’s mom, Kay, who, according to Will, enjoys sharing corny jokes.
The idea came to me after Will randomly told me one of his mom’s jokes last season and I tweeted it out.
It got good response from fans (who doesn’t love a good pun), so I thought it might be something fun to do down in Spring Training while the guys are loose.
We kicked it off last week, but for this week’s installment, Will decided to bring Brett into the mix to test out some of jokes live on camera.
Here’s the result. I dare you to try to watch this while keeping a straight face:
Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” So, seeing as today’s Leap Day, hopefully these two helped you make the most of your extra day.
Brewers reliever Will Smith has visited Turner Field many times in his 24 years, but this is the first time at the ballpark that he won’t be cheering for the Braves.
Will hails from Newnan, Georgia, a town about 30 miles south of Turner Field, where he grew up as a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and attended Northgate High School where he played on the school’s baseball team.
While Will has faced the Braves twice before in his career, this will be his first time returning to pitch in Atlanta–and he’s got hundreds of family and friends coming out to cheer him on over these next four games, including his former baseball coach, Greg Hamilton; his mom, Kay; and his dad, Charles..
“He was fantastic and had a little something you don’t see all the time–the IT.” Coach Hamilton recalled.
Coach Hamilton also noted that he and Will are still very close.
“He still comes down and does stuff with Northgate all the time time. He’s more than a baseball player. He’s a great guy.”
And, he says, he frequently reminds Will not to let anyone outwork him. “‘Never,’ Will always replies,” he says.
“Will was a huge Braves fan growing up,” Will’s dad told me. “In fact, we attended a Fan Fest here when he was young and we even have a photo of him throwing in the bullpen.”
Now that’s foreshadowing and proof that dreams do come true if you’re willing to put in the effort and not “let anyone outwork you,” as Will has done and continues to do.
(Of course, I’ve asked Mr. and Mrs. Smith to share those photos with us, if they can track them down–stay tuned!)
Thanks to Mrs. Smith, here are the photos of a young Will at Turner Field. He was about 11 or 12 at the time: