I’ve never really done this kind of post, but with the outpouring of support and condolences on Twitter already this morning, I felt my small attempt to illustrate what Bruce Seid meant to so many people’s dreams could be cathartic in a way.
First, here’s the story I promised to share on Twitter this morning.
First a little background so you can understand it better. I had reached out through the Brewers to see if Bruce would be willing to give a few minutes of his time to my podcast following the 2014 draft. I figured, he couldn’t say yes if I never asked — right? So I asked. He was more than willing to do so and we worked out a time to make it happen. The team then felt it would be better if Bruce used that time to instead appear on the radio station and specific afternoon show with which I do twice weekly appearances as a Brewers Insider. I set that up with the show’s producer and they had me email a couple of questions that they could ask Bruce on the air since I didn’t personally get to talk to him. I did, they asked, he responded, I thought it was cool but also that it would probably be the end of my interaction with the situation.
So anyway, shortly after his turn on The Big 920/1070 radio network, I happened to be physically passing by Bruce in what amounts to a hallway. I obviously recognized him from a number of different things from over the years. I offered a simple “Hey, Bruce” as he walked by with his head down on his phone. He sort of half-glanced up and gave me a “Hey, bud!” I figured that was going to be it. I continued down my path. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw his body turn and then heard him re-engage me. He put his phone in his pocket, introduced himself (which I found oddly humbling) and asked me how I was doing that day. I introduced myself by name only and thanked him for taking the time to appear on the show and that I appreciated his insight. I never brought up The Brewer Nation or anything of the work I put in because I couldn’t see it being recognized, let alone truly mattering.
As Bruce and I shook hands again at the end of our brief exchange of pleasantries, he turned to leave but stopped after a brief quarter-turn. He looked me in the eye and said “Wait. You’re the Brewer Nation guy, aren’t you?” I confirmed as much. He said “You’re doing good work there. We appreciate you. Keep it up.”
The mere acknowledgement of this man, this integral part of the Brewers front office machine, was thoroughly unexpected. That he brought it up to me was downright improbable. And then a confirmation of awareness of what it was AND kind words about the content? Unpossible.
I know this can be taken as an indulgent recounting of something that’s fairly insignificant to you, but I share it to highlight the fact that Bruce Seid was everything that everyone is telling you and I don’t doubt for a second any of what you’re about to read from the players he impacted.
He was a great man who affected the lives of countless individuals. There’s a quote that says “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” From what you’ll see below, truly a small sampling I’m sure, Bruce Seid was impactful.
Rest in peace.
Thankful to say I got to know Bruce Seid.Theopportunity he has given me with the @Brewers is one I greatly cherish.Completelyshocked!
— Greg Holle(@GHolle44) September 3, 2014
@BrewerNation prayers go out to his family and the brewers family. Sad to hear.
— Chris Narveson(@sleep_trick) September 3, 2014
Sending out my condolences to the Seidfamily and the Brewers organization.
— Troy Stokes Jr⚾️ (@Troy_Stokes15) September 3, 2014
RIP Bruce Seid, I wouldn’t be where I am today without this man believing in me.
— Tucker Neuhaus(@Tucker_Neuhaus) September 3, 2014
My heart hurts today, bcthe world lost another great man. A man of dignity, respect, honor, and loyalty.BruceSeidthank you for everything
— Josh Prince (@JoshPrince17) September 3, 2014
Forever grateful to the man who put a Pro uniform on my back. RIP Bruce Seid.
— Dustin Houle(@dhoulio) September 3, 2014
RIP Bruce Seid. Thankful to have known such a good man. You will be missed.
— Kyle Heckathorn(@KyleHeckathorn) September 3, 2014
Saddened to hear about the passing of Bruce Seid. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Stephen Peterson (@SPetey22) September 3, 2014
— Garrett Cooper (@CoopaLoop1) September 3, 2014
— Martin Viramontes(@martilious19) September 3, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce Seid’s family. Thankful he gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball. RIP
— Alfredo Rodriguez (@Arodss2) September 3, 2014
Even if you weren’t drafted by MIL, Bruce Seidmade you feel welcomed to the organization. Class act – I will miss our conversations.
— Jim Henderson (@JimHenderson29) September 3, 2014
So sad waking up to tragic news this morning, forever thankful for the opportunity you have presented me. Prayers go out to the Seidfamily
— Josh Uhen(@joshuhen) September 3, 2014
Just saw Bruce not too long ago, very very sad day. dang.
— Chris McFarland ❌ (@cmcfarland116) September 3, 2014
Sad day for the Brew Crew family.. Wouldn’t be where I’m at today without him. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Seidfamily.. RIP
— Omar Garcia (@therealOG_21) September 3, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce Seid’s family. He was a great guy and will be missed.
— Nick Ramirez (@N_Ramirez33) September 3, 2014
Sad to hear about Bruce Seidand my thoughts are with his family. He was a true professional and a great person! #RIP
— Damien Magnifico™ (@D_Magno32) September 3, 2014
Thank you to Bruce Seidwho gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream. I will be forever grateful. You will be missed Bruce.
— Max Walla (@maxwalla) September 3, 2014
#RIP Bruce Seid. Genuine person who was always a pleasure to speak with. Prayers go out to his family.
— Mitch Haniger(@M_Hanny19) September 3, 2014
RIP Bruce Seidyou will be missed! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream!
— Taylor Brennan (@TaylorBrennan88) September 3, 2014
— YadielRivera (@YADIELRIVERA13) September 3, 2014
This guy gave us the opportunity to play Pro Baseball and was the guy to draft us.Sad to see him go! R.I.P Bruce Seid pic.twitter.com/6z9rCw3kxY
— Monte Harrison (@Team_Harrison3) September 3, 2014
RIP Bruce Seid. Could never thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams last year. My prayers are with his family
— Devin Williams (@DTrainn_23) September 3, 2014
RIP Bruce Seid. You were a class act and I feel so grateful to have met you. Always made me feel important regardless of my role on the team
— Brent Dean (@bdeano4) September 3, 2014
— KodiMedeiros (@kodi_medeiros) September 3, 2014
The baseball world lost a good man. Bruce Seidtreated others, and the game the right way.
— Tim Dillard (@DimTillard) September 4, 2014
Here are the comments after Day 1 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from General Manager Doug Melvin and Director of Amateur Scouting Bruce Seid.