Both brothers played collegiately at Ball State but not on the same team. Brad Snyder turned pro after his junior year in college. Ben Snyder's freshman season at Ball State was the following year.
The Snyders' parents surprised their sons by making the 14-hour drive from Ohio to Oklahoma City for the game Thursday night.
“It was something special for them,” Ben Snyder said. ‘I am sure they were more excited about it than anybody else.”
Brad Snyder said Thursday night was the first time he had seen his brother pitch since a spring training game two years ago.
“I haven't seen him throw hardly at all in his career because we are always playing at the exact same time,” he said. “I have only talked to him about it. I haven't seen his arm action or anything. I was asking my teammates that had faced him the last couple of years what he had.”
Ben Snyder is trying to learn the same about his brother's bat.
“I got a good read on that first curve ball he swung at (Thursday night),” Ben Snyder said. “I knew not to throw that one again. He took a big hack at it. We will see how it goes from here.”
He keeps warning his brother not to dig in at the plate.
“I tell him that I am going to throw behind his head or something,” Ben said. “Maybe hit him in the back or thigh. I keep telling him it's going to happen.”