Brian Moran made his long-awaited major-league debut on Thursday night and turned it into a family moment that only sports can bring.
After playing as a minor-league journeyman for a decade — a stretch including numerous teams, Tommy John surgery, and even some time spent in independent leagues — Moran was called up to join the Miami Marlins during the final weeks of the season.
As fate would have it, the timing of his call-up meant that in Moran’s first game up, his brother, Colin, would be in the opposing dugout as a third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The elder Moran entered the game in the fourth inning in relief.
After forcing a groundout against the first batter, Brian got to face off against his younger sibling. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time that two brothers have faced each other as batter and pitcher while one was making his debut.
Brian’s first pitch went wildly into the dirt, but he calmed down and