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Stat Of The Day: Rickie Weeks And The 8 Team

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Rickie Weeks joined some pretty elite company by playing on Opening Day today.

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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:

Season Opponent Batting Line
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
2012 Cardinals 2-for-5, R
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:

Player Games Seasons
Robin Yount 19 1974-93
Paul Molitor 12 1978-92
Jim Gantner 11 1981-92
Don Money 9 1973-81
Cecil Cooper 9 1977-85
Geoff Jenkins 8 1999-07
Weeks 8 2006-13

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.