If you don’t know Brian Dozier, you don’t know baseball, this isn’t the article for you. If that’s the case, click here and go back to the home page. This week on “The Justin Moore Podcast,” JR and Justin Moore hosted Jameson Rodgers, an up-and-coming singer who has a number one with “Some Girls” and the rising hit “Cold Beer Calling My Name.” Jameson is an interesting guy; he talked about playing baseball and his time as Southern Miss. However, one huge thing jumped out at me, his relationship with one of my favorite baseball players Brian Dozier.
For those who don’t know, Dozier was a primer star of the Twins in the 2010s and helped fill the void of Joe Mauer’s struggles and injuries at the end of his career. He was an All-Star in 2015 with the Minnesota Twins and won a World Series in 2019 with the Nationals. He never really hit for average, his career average was .244, but he had a five-year run with the Twins where he hit at least 20 home runs before being traded to the Dodgers. Dozier never had the best stats, but he always played hard and earned the respect of everyone in the MLB. I had the privilege of interacting with him when the Twins were playing the Red Sox at Fenway. I was a few rows back with my girlfriend from the field on the Twins dugout side, wearing a Joe Mauer jersey (my all-time favorite player.) Dozier and Torii Hunter both happened to walk by, and both signed a hat I was wearing. They were extremely friendly, and for a player in the twilight of his career, and one at the height of his popularity to come over and talk for a minute left a significant impression.
Jameson had a much more intimate relationship with Dozier; in fact, he lived with him. Brian Dozier grew up in Fulton, Mississippi, and went to Southern Mississippi for college. He was a star there and went on to be drafted in 2009 by the Twins. Jameson Rodgers got the chance to live with a bunch of baseball guys because he was a baseball guy himself, playing in junior college. One of his teammates and friends went to Southern Miss, and when Rodgers transferred there, he was allowed to live with the baseball guys, and the rest was history. In fact, Brian Dozier played lead guitar in a college band with Rodgers! Who knew that Dozier was such a multitalented guy.
Brian Dozier went on to play for the Padres and Mets following his world title with Washington, but he unfortunately never really caught on with either club and was released. He retired in February of 2021. Dozier didn’t have a long career as he played professionally for just nine years, but he really did everything someone can do in a professional career. Now it might be time for Dozier to start a new career. He is just 33 years old and already has band experience, so it might be time for him to move to Nashville and join Rodgers’s band. I would love to be a fly on the wall for some of the parties at Southern Mississippi, and I wonder what the other guys who lived with Jameson and Brian are doing because they were surrounded by talent. But for now, here is a highlight package of Brian Dozer hitting bombs!