Weems brothers, Columbus High grads, enjoy opportunity to play against each other

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerApril 28, 2013 

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- About 250 miles from where they grew up, the professional baseball careers of Chase and Jordan Weems finally intersected.

Friday's South Atlantic League contest between the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Greenville Drive in Greenville marked the first time Chase and Jordan played in the same baseball game.

Two days earlier, Chase came off the disabled list, setting up the meeting.

"It was always in the back of mind to get to play my brother one day," Jordan said. "It was awesome that everything worked out the way it did."

"It was a blast," said Chase. "I love my little brother. It was actually the first minor league game I've gotten to watch him play, and I was actually playing against him."

Their parents and several other family members attended.

"It was good having them here," said Jordan. "I know (my parents) will remember this forever."

Almost four years separates the brothers in age. Jordan entered high school after Chase had graduated and began his pro career.

The New York Yankees drafted Chase in the sixth round of the 2007 baseball draft. He played in the Gulf Coast League and in Charleston (S.C.) in 2008. After 55 games with Charleston in 2009, the Yankees dealt him to Cincinnati.

Since then, he's moved around a bit, and he joined the Orioles organization in May 2012.

The Boston Red Sox drafted Jordan in the third round in 2011. He played in the Gulf Coast League that summer and spent all of 2012 in Greenville.

Jordan has benefited from his brother's experience.

"It's awesome to have an older brother to be in the system already," said Jordan. "It really, honestly, makes it easier on me."

Chase said he told Jordan to "just play his game. You're here for a reason. Don't ever doubt yourself."

Together they learned from Rick Weems, their father, who also was a catcher. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in 1980, and he spent three seasons in minor league baseball.

Jordan said it's somewhat odd that he and Chase are catchers "because my dad never made us hit left-handed or throw right-handed. He just told us to pick up a bat, and we wanted to catch."

The April 25 game in Greenville, a 10-3 Delmarva victory, was Chase's third game this season. He had two hits, a run, and a RBI. He's batting .308 thus far.

"I didn't get to see live pitching for almost a month," said Chase. "I thought I was going to be late on some balls, but I felt good."

Jordan feels he is making strides in all aspects of his game. Though batting .222, he doubled in a run Saturday in Greenville's 5-4 win. He's batted .312 over his last five games.

"Last year, I just kept worrying about that number up there on that board instead of just getting up there and doing what I've done my whole life," Jordan said. "This year, I'm not worried about what that number says. I'm just going to try to hit it hard each time I bat."

No matter how either of them is playing, the brothers can lean on what they've learned from family.

"Never doubt yourself," Chase said. "God's been great to our family. He's put us in some great situations, and we just try to make the best of it. Never take anything for granted. Enjoy every day like it's your last. I feel like we've done it pretty well so far."

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