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May 14, 2006.

I remember a lot of things about that day.

I watched the end of the Brewers game with my family, just hours after walking off the stage at the Kohl Center as a college graduate, climbing the Abe Lincoln statue atop Bascom Hill, and telling Honest Abe that I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with my life.

At least in the pictures, I didn't look concerned about my future.

We were sitting on the futon and the old hand-me-down couch in the living room of the first apartment that my wife and I rented on the west side of Madison.

It was Mother's Day.

Bill Hall hit a walk-off home run at Miller Park, with his mother in attendance.

The following season, the Brewers had a Bill Hall Bobblehead Day, and I was lucky enough to get the limited retro uniform version with the pink bat, commemorating the Mother's Day walk-off homer.

The Brewers have had a few standout performances on Mother's Day over the years, and Freddy Peralta's big-league debut Sunday was another that will be remembered for a long time.

Peralta's family had traveled from the Dominican Republic to Colorado Springs to see him pitch at Triple-A – for the first time as a professional – but they ended up seeing him make that start for the Brewers in Denver when Chase Anderson was expectedly sidelined with food poisoning.

The Brewers' rookie pitcher leads off this week's group of risers...

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