Baseball teams really are big families

Brian McCann's foul ball injured Luis Salazar, who's more than simply a coach on a club

Updated: March 13, 2011, 2:34 PM ET
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

I am close to my big brother. He certainly taught me all the fundamentals of baseball, as we played Wiffle ball, stickball, Strat-O-Matic baseball and in summer leagues together and against each other. So it is a bold statement to say that I spent more time with my big league teammates than I did my own brother. But that was the case during the height of my major league career.

More than that, my teammates didn't just seem to substitute for my brother, but they became brothers. Love 'em ...

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