When you meet Corey Knebel, you usually get the fun-loving guy. But when he takes the mound, he’s all business.
“When we're at home, I run a little quicker to the mound,” said the Brewers closer. “It's a save situation, I'm on the mound and I know right when that inning ends they start my song and it gets me fired up.”
Another thing that fires him up? His wristband that says Eli's Super Squad. A kid who's going through cancer treatments.
“Eli has sent me pictures, he's sent me drawings last year and it feels good,” says Knebel. “Seeing him in the clubhouse last year, how much fun he was having with me and Broxton, it was kind of an eye-opening experience.
"I know if that was my daughter, I'd be crying the entire time watching her. Eli and his family and his sisters and brothers, they were all having a blast. For one day right there, there was no pain in anyone's eyes. So, I told Eli I'd wear his wristband every day and I have.”
That's a true closer, coming through in the clutch.