LADY AT THE BAT: Not Like Father, Not Like Son?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Not Like Father, Not Like Son?

Last night Prince Fielder became the youngest player ever to hit 50 home-runs. Unfortunately, he won't be happy until he hits two more homers and is NL MVP, two things his father Cecil Fielder never did.

Most people know that this isn't joking or good-natured ribbing on Prince's part. He and his father are not on speaking terms, at least, not face-t0-face. They communicate "at" each other through the media. Cecil is on record as saying, "I don't think he's grown up yet. Until he can move on and talk to me like he's my son, we don't need to talk." The breakdown in the relationship appears to stem from the fact the Cecil gambled away all the money he made as a Major League player. This caused a lot of legal problems which Prince was subpoenaed for. He was actually served as he left the the ballpark one day when he was a minor leaguer.

I don't claim to know all the details of this family feud. But based on what I do know, when I put myself in Prince's shoes, I can understand how he feels. I can also understand how Cecil feels: he did some bad things in the past and he's being treated as if he's still doing them. I hope that the Fielders will be able to patch things up before one of them is no longer with us and the other one lives to regret it.

The Lady

[Photo: Morry Gash/AP]

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