The brothers bicker and bait, initiating reactions with a smile or smirk.
Nick and Dalton Blaser will tie into each other on the living room floor to settle a score, resembling a cartoon scene with dust and debris flying. Mostly, there is genuine adoration that runs deeper than inflicted bruises in this brotherly love relationship that has played out like a vaudeville act since their T-ball and Little League days in Placer County.
"We still act like kids," Dalton said. "We'd wrestle on the diamond between innings if it didn't worry people. We'll be making a sandwich at home and he'll bump into me, have an expression, say something, and we'll take it into the living room and try to pin each other. We love to mess around and live it up. We just enjoy each other's company and life."
The Blasers expect to bow out together from Sierra College in championship style. They lead the Wolverines in a Northern California Super Regional on Friday in Rocklin, facing Cabrillo College in their opener.
The Blasers beam while talking about their shared baseball experiences, though they also are unsettled by a sense of finality. Dalton is a freshman outfielder and Nick a sophomore infielder who plans to sign with a four-year program, creating a new path.
"We know this is the end of us playing on the same team, and that's hard to think about, so we want to enjoy the time we have left," Dalton said.
The brothers, 13 months apart, are not body doubles, but they are virtual personality clones. Nick, 20, is 5-foot-8 and cat-quick, the Big 8 Conference Player of the Year who batted .388 this season. Dalton, 19, is a 6-foot power hitter with a .297 batting average. Each drove in 19 runs and each struck out 12 times. And each consoled or offered constructive critiques after every at-bat.
"They're true brothers, and they get on each other, but you can tell they really care about each other," Sierra coach Ryan Evangelho said.
Said Nick: "We're not afraid to let the other know how it is. Beyond him being my sibling, Dalton's by far the best thing I have in life. To have his support and understanding when it's going good or bad in baseball is special."
Added Dalton: "It's the best experience any younger brother could imagine, playing with your best friend and brother, and role model. We push each other, and we have a brother telepathy."
It's a party when one of the Blasers shows up at a barbecue or the movies, and it's a real bash when both barge through the door.
"We can't keep our mouths shut," Dalton said. "We're loud, energetic. We get that from our mom (Anita). She's loving and caring with a huge heart and personality, and that's how we were raised."
Mark Blaser introduced his sons to baseball and coached them for years. He was a standout at since-closed La Sierra High School and was drafted by the Yankees as an infielder in 1980.
The other Blaser sibling is 23-year-old Lauren. Her bedroom was strategically placed between the brothers as a buffer zone. Lauren has moved on, but the brothers still sleep in their old beds.
On game day, in embracing superstition, the Blasers bound out of the house, pile into the car, head to the same sandwich shop and order the same meal. On campus, they park in the same spot.
"He'll always order first, including three cookies," Nick said. "We never break stride. It works. It's a brother thing."