Bergesen's love of game stems from dad

Bergesen's love of game stems from dad

BALTIMORE -- It's been a big year for Brad Bergesen, and it's been a busy one for his best friend. Bergesen, who got married in November and made his Major League debut in April, got to share both with his father, Art, whom he considers his best friend.

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Art served as the best man in Bergesen's wedding, and he got to sit up close and personal when his son wound up on the high side of a 10-3 decision against the White Sox on April 21. And even if he wasn't there, Brad would've made sure he heard about it.

"We talk every single day," Bergesen said recently. "Anytime, whether it's baseball related or anything I'm having a problem with, I always go to my dad and talk with him. It's kind of the best of both worlds. He's my best friend, and he's my dad."

In many ways, Bergesen came to baseball in the All-American way. It was his father's favorite game, and though the elder Bergesen never played higher than high school baseball, he passed his love of the sport down to his son over the years.

Bergesen, a former fourth-round draftee, said that his dad never coached any of his organized teams when he was younger, but he also said that he never missed a game.

"We used to go to the batting cage late on Friday and Saturday nights, just the two of us," said Bergesen, who got a hit in his first big league at-bat. "I hit, too, back then, and I think I liked going to the cage more than pitching. Those are some special memories."

Bergesen, a California native, worked his way through the Minor Leagues in five methodical seasons and was named Baltimore's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season. He followed that up by making a strong impression in Spring Training and was an early callup.

And when he found out, he made sure to tell his dad shortly thereafter.

"It meant the world being able to have him here and to put the call in to him," Brad said. "Of course, it's Father's Day and I'm talking about my dad, but both of my parents have been very instrumental in my life. I'm very close with my mom, too, and they're the ones that stressed all the important things like morals and ethics when I was younger. They're the ones that I thank for getting me here."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.