Special Bond, Special Season
BATON ROUGE - Andrew and Matthew Stevenson has always shared a bond as brothers, but it's grown in a special way over the past three years as Andrew has become the star centerfielder for the Tigers and Matthew, younger by three years, has been able to follow his brother's career in a unique way.
Matthew was born with Down's Syndrome, which meant that he wasn't able to participate in some activties in the same way as his 3 other brothers.
Even at first glance, though, Matthew's spirit shines through as he watches his brother on the field.
""We already had a close knit family, and when (Matthew) was born, it made us even that much closer, so he might be the favorite out of everybody," said Andrew and Matthew's mother Stephanie with a laugh.
This season, Matthew was granted special access onto the field and into the Tigers huddle before games, a joy that Matthew will never forget.
"I think this is it, this is the golden time for Matt, I don't know about Andrew, but for Matt this is the big leagues," said Andrew and Matthew's father William.
"He's not able to do some of the things I've been able to do so I try not to take anything for granted because some people have not had the opportunity to do some of the things I've been blessed with," said Andrew.