Most of you probably know that burly Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder does not get along with his burley ex-home run champ father Cecil Fielder.
Their relationship, or lack thereof, was well-documented in a Sports Illustrated article May 28 (also cataloged under “longest subhead in the history of journalism”).
The younger Fielder’s dislike is so extreme, he refuses to see his father even at Brewer games:
He (Cecil) also tried last summer to break the two-year silence that existed between him and Prince. After sitting in the stands at a Brewers-Braves game in Atlanta, Cecil and his wife and two kids lingered outside the visitors’ clubhouse, waiting for Prince. Cecil spotted Prince’s wife, Chanel, and their two children, Jadyn and Haven. It was the first time Cecil had seen his grandsons, whose names are tattooed on his left arm. But Cecil never saw Prince that night. A clubhouse attendant had notified Prince that his father was outside; minutes later a security guard asked Cecil to leave the area.
And, if you read the article, you’d be led to believe Prince’s hard feelings come from an ugly divorce, unpaid gambling debts, creditors coming to stadiums looking to track down his dad, etc. But big boy, Cecil did let you strike him out and then he took you to Mickey D’s right?
My dad would have hit the home run, stood there too long admiring it, then trotted around the bases extra slow.
And then have made me pay.
(Just kidding. Happy birthday Dad)