[10/5/2016] Brandon Laird to return to US for family emergency

Brandon Laird is set to return to the United States for a family emergency (his grandfather in Los Angeles is not well). The Nippon Ham Fighters have given him permission to take a leave of absence. He will return after about two days.

Source: Jiji 10/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2016

[UPDATE 10/16 @ 5:56am]

Laird’s grandfather, Gerald Lee Laird, passed away on October 6 at the age of eighty-five. Laird left for Los Angeles late at night on October 5. His grandfather died about an hour after he arrived. Laird spent two nights in Los Angeles and rejoined the Fighters on October 9. He wrote the letters GLL on his cleats and cap.

Source: Sanspo 10/15/2016

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