For the past several weeks, my brother, Laynce, and I have been talking about the upcoming White Sox-Reds Interleague series in Cincinnati this weekend. Needless to say, we're both excited about it and have had it circled on our calendars.
My brother and I have never played in the same big league game together, with the exception of Spring Training games. We also played each other one time last year at the Triple-A level.
Baseball obviously was very prevalent in our household when we were growing up. We both loved the game as kids, and it was really a big part of our lives dating back to when we were kids growing up in Texas.
We were always outside playing baseball. We played other sports, too, but baseball was always a big deal and we were always playing together. We had a lot of fun with it.
But while we both share the same passion, we're two very different players. Not only does he play outfield and I play the infield, he hits and throws left-handed, and I hit and throw right-handed. There isn't even much to compare.
He is even a bigger build than I am, including height. We're kind of opposites, and it's always been kind of funny just how different we really are. I guess for us that's just the way it happens.
My brother first broke into the big leagues a few years ago with the Rangers. He's been through a lot in his career, and he's really had to grind to get to where he is today. Early on, he had some tough injuries and that has led to a long road for him the past few years. He has had to overcome a lot, so it's great that he's back in the big leagues.
During the course of the baseball season, we keep in touch real well. We talk often -- just about every day, really -- and if we aren't talking on the phone, we're certainly exchanging text messages.
This series is not only something we are both looking forward to, but we also both know that it's going to be a lot of fun.
White Sox infielder Jayson Nix and his brother, Reds outfielder Laynce Nix, will meet at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati this weekend for an Interleague series. On May 26, Jayson Nix hit two home runs against the Angels, the first multi-homer effort of his young MLB career.