Even before scoring the winning run in the tenth inning today, Rickie Weeks had claimed a bit of history.
The 2013 season is the 45th in Brewer franchise history, but only 17 players have started at second base on Opening Day for this team. Jim Gantner started the season at second eleven times in a 12-year stretch between 1981-1992, and Fernando Vina, Pedro Garcia and Tommy Harper are among the others that have held the position down more than once.
Since 2006, though, the same Brewer has started at second base every year: Rickie Weeks. And he's scored at least one run in each of those games:
|2006||Pirates||1-for-2, BB, HBP, SB, R|
|2007||Dodgers||1-for-4, BB, R|
|2008||Cubs||0-for-3, 2 HBP, R|
|2009||Giants||2-for-3, 2B, BB, HBP, SB, RBI, R|
|2010||Rockies||1-for-3, BB, HBP, R|
|2011||Reds||2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI|
|2013||Rockies||2-for-4, HBP, 2 R|
Weeks is only the seventh Brewer in franchise history to start eight Opening Day games. The others on that list are a who's-who of Brewer history:
Molitor is, by the way, the only other Brewer who has scored a run in at least seven Opening Day games. His ten Opening Day runs are the franchise record.