Omaha starter Aaron Brooks couldn't have given a better Father's Day gift to his dad Sunday afternoon at Chukchansi Park.
Brooks, a 24-year-old pitcher out of San Bernardino, has been with the Royals organization since he was drafted in 2010, but it wasn't until Sunday's start against the Grizzlies in Fresno that his father Terry was able see him pitch professionally for the first time.
"It was awesome," Brooks said. "It's good having him in the stands. With everything that he's taught me throughout the years, to be able to be here first hand and watch what he has helped create, I enjoyed every bit of it."
And Brooks did most of it in style, striking out seven batters in five innings, but he did give up seven runs (four earned).
Fortunately for Brooks, the Storm Chasers gave him ample run support in defeating the Grizzlies 10-7 for a four-game series sweep.
Terry, his son's victory was the best Father's Day gift he could have imagined.
"It's amazing," Terry said. "He's a pro now. He's loving it and to see him work hard and make it up the ladder so fast is a blessing. I couldn't have asked for a better Father's Day."
Terry and the rest of the Brooks family made the four-hour drive from San Bernardino on Thursday to watch every game of the series against Fresno.
Fortunately, Brooks' spot in the rotation gave him the Father's Day start.
"There's nothing like watching him play live," said Terry, who had to resort to watching games online before Sunday. "It's the icing on the cake."
However, Brooks did have one small regret.
"My dad's been a great guy, he's been behind me my whole life, "he said. "I wish I could've gone a little longer in the game so he could watch a little bit more, just for him."
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