June 8 is National Best Friends Day — it's also National Upsy Daisy Day, but not too many people celebrate that one — and it was a great time to appreciate those who we're closest with. For many people, myself included, brothers can also fill the role of best friends, and so it was only appropriate, at least for me, that an extraordinary moment occurred between two brothers during the MLB slate on June 8.
In the fourth inning of the Braves-Phillies game in the City of Brotherly Love, the visiting catcher sent a home run deep into the seats at Citizens Bank Park. Around three hours later, when the Cubs were in the fourth inning of their game against the home team Padres at Petco Park, the visiting catcher lofted a home run not unlike the one previously mentioned.
Both in the fourth inning. Both from visiting catchers. And both from the same family.
Willson, the older of the Contreras brothers and the veteran backstop of the Cubs, had hit his tenth home run of the year just hours after younger bro William, six years his junior, got a hold of his sixth. As the tweet above notes, it was the first time in their careers that it had happened, which isn't particularly surprising considering it was only the sixth home run, period, for William throughout his young career. He debuted in July of 2020 and is making a name for himself as a future star at the backstop position, not unlike what his brother succeeded at doing around five years ago. Therefore, it wouldn't come as much of a shock should the two succeed in doing so many more times throughout their playing days.
“It makes me proud to see my brother play this well in the big leagues,” Willson said in May of this year (via Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago). "The way he played in the minors was better than I did. The way that he manages himself with his emotions is better than I do, and that's something that's going to help him a lot.
"That's why I think he's going to be better than I am."
William has a lot to prove if that's going to be the case, but he seems capable. And Willson may be confident in his brother, but he still has a lot left in the tank. On Tuesday night, we saw evidence of why both of those statements are true.