Eary brothers land 'golden' chance with Topeka
The Golden Giants have been a summer baseball staple in Topeka since the club's inception in 2012.
Each team in the past has become a band of brothers. This year new manager JB Eary and new assistant coach Jason Eary take the saying to a whole new meaning.
"(Coaching together is) something that we've talked about for a long time," JB said.
The opportunity to fulfill that dream came this year in a city over 1,200 miles away from the brothers' hometown of Las Vegas.
"It was a no-brainer when I got the opportunity to manage this club that I'd bring Jason along with me to be an assistant," JB said.
"I was excited," Jason said. "Me and him have been looking forward to coaching together for our whole lives. I know he had a blast out here before so I was looking forward to coming out here and doing it with him."
JB is no stranger to the city or to the team, having transferred to Washburn from the University of Puget Sound after playing with the Golden Giants in the summer of 2014. He played with the team the next two summers as well.
Jason stayed on the west coast attending California State-Fullerton, where he's heading into his senior year.
With that, it's only fitting for the team that originally separated the brothers to reunite them--if only for a summer.
"He's always been one of my best friends and we get along really well," JB said of his younger brother. "He knows the game really well for his age. He's been a great resource for me."
"We get along great and it's been a blast," Jason said. "We're always on the same page and he trusts me with a lot of things.
"I told (JB) the other day I see how he keeps coming back out here."
Though the team is under new leadership, the brothers still plan to continue playing the Golden Giants' brand of baseball.
"This team's got a winning tradition," JB said, "and I want to do everything I can to make sure we keep it that way.
"We like to trash talk each other here and there, but once the game starts, we're locked in on these guys and doing what we can to put them in good positions to succeed."
"It's a time where they get to experience something quite like pro ball and they don't really get to do that in the college experience," Jason said. "(We want to) have them take something away, have fun and enjoy the guys, because it doesn't last very long."
If you are interested in attending a game, you can view the team's schedule