DENVER -- Even with his son about to realize a lifelong dream, Giants manager Bruce Bochy never dropped any hints to Brett Bochy that he would be a September call-up. The right-hander got the news from Triple-A manager Bob Mariano on Monday morning.

"He wanted me to find out like everyone else," Brett said of Bruce. "Here, he's the manager. At home, he's dad. It's pretty special to be here and have the opportunity to pitch for him."

Bruce said he wanted things done in the right way. After the two were reunited in the same clubhouse Tuesday, the elder Bochy got a little emotional while talking about his son's journey to the big leagues. Brett had just one scholarship offer out of high school and chose to take it instead of pitching at a junior college, as his father hoped. During Brett's junior season at Kansas, scouts started to tell Bruce that his son had promise and could be a professional. The path was halted by Tommy John surgery, but the goal was finally reached Tuesday. Brett, one of 10 September call-ups, will serve as depth for the bullpen over the season's final month.


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"It's a really special and emotional time that we had when he first came up and I first saw him," Bruce said. "What a great day. I couldn't be prouder of him. He put in a lot of work. To have 30 days up here with Brett is something I'll always cherish and remember. I don't know if I needed the added stress, but it's great to have him here."

The Bochys are the eighth father-son duo to be on the same big league roster, and the last two have been with the Giants. Felipe Alou managed Moises in 2005 and 2006. The Macks, Berras, Ripkens, McRaes and Boones also pulled off the feat, with the Alou family doing it for two different franchises and the Ripken family doing it with two sons.

Brett, 27, upped his status in the organization with a strong 2012 season in the Double-A Eastern League, posting a 2.53 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 41 appearances. He had a 3.83 ERA in 35 appearances for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies this year, two of them starts.

"Last year I finished the year strong and I felt I built off that," Brett said. "I re-found my pitches. It was a lot better."

Bruce said the promotion was "something (Brett) earned if you look at what he's done."

The younger Bochy was a 20th-round pick out of Kansas in 2010 and had elbow surgery shortly after the draft. He spent two springs in big league camp, and the Bochy family had plenty of fun with the situation. Bruce often had trouble with his nerves during Brett's appearances, especially when he had to bring him in with the bases already loaded one day. When it came time to cut minor leaguers from big league camp, Bruce broke the news to Brett over dinner.

Bruce has only coached or managed his son in big league camp, but this isn't actually the first time the two have shared a dugout in a Major League park. Brett made as many trips as he could with Bruce's San Diego Padres in the 1990s and was the batboy when the Padres went to the World Series in 1998.

"I was probably a pest running around the clubhouse," Brett said. "I was running around stealing seeds and gum before. Now I'm worried about doing my job and getting guys out."