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Contributed The Brands posed for a picture with former Beetles players Allen Craig (6) and Bobby Barbier during the summer of 2003. Pictured with them from left to right are Jeff, Jefferson, Spencer (front, middle), Bonnie and Emily.

Coming out party: Allen Craig stars for St. Louis Cardinals in World Series

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Alexandria's Jeff and Bonnie Brand were hanging on every pitch last week as one of the best World Series in baseball history unfolded.

The Brands hosted eight Alexandria Beetles players during the course of five summers and never expected to be following one on the game's biggest stage some day. But that is exactly what transpired this fall as Allen Craig became a postseason hero to St. Louis Cardinals fans.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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