DES MOINES, Iowa - With every step, R.J. Seidel hopes he's moving toward his goal.
"As a young kid, I had a dream to play Major League Baseball," he said.
Not every step has been forward, though.
In 2008, two years after signing with the Brewers out of Central High School, things went downhill.
"It was a freak accident. I was at my house in Holmen, Wisconsin at Christmas. We have a huge driveway out in the wilderness. Our driveway was really icy, it's a long driveway, and I slipped. Torn ACL."
Life threw him another curve ball two years ago.
"A lady broadsided him and he broke his hand," his mom, Lynda Seidel said. "So we got the call he was in the car accident in Arizona during winter training and he got on the phone and he goes, boy, when am I going to start having some good luck?"20750130
The run of bad fortune is partly the reason he's been in the minors for seven years.
"For a parent, it's gone really fast. I know for him, it's been a long road," Lynda said.
The road could be nearing its end. Seidel is waiting for one more call: Milwaukee.
"It's something he wants so bad, that as a parent, you hope that day happens," Lynda said. "But if it doesn't, you want him to know that what he's done is phenomenal."
"It'd mean the world," said R.J. "Especially to be in the Brewers organization, playing in front of my home town, home state fans. It would mean the world."