ALTOONA, Pa. -- Ke'Bryan Hayes wasn't born when his father snared Gary Carter's line drive down the third-base line to preserve Terry Mulholland's no-hitter in 1990. He wasn't even born when his father caught Mark Lemke's pop fly in foul territory to secure the Yankees' first World Series championship in 18 years in '96.
Charlie Hayes retired from baseball in 2001 when Ke'Bryan was just four years old, but the 21-year-old has seen all the videos and heard all the old stories. The former major leaguer was, and is, a huge influence on his youngest son. And a motivator.
"As a kid, I always wanted to be like him and one day play in the major leagues and be better than him," Ke'Bryan, a third baseman for Double-A Altoona and top prospect for the Pirates, told DKPittsburghSports.com.