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Let’s assume that the person who most enjoyed Sean Kazmar Jr.’s call-up last week was Sean Kazmar Jr. After a 19-game stint with the Padres in 2008, Kazmar had spent nearly 13 years playing every position but catcher, waiting for another shot. So, No. 1: the 36-year-old Kazmar.
No. 2 was surely Sean’s wife, Jennifer, who left her job as an elementary school principal to work remotely in academia so she could be more present for their two kids, four-year-old Sean III and 18-month-old Jackson.