Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/16/13
Baseball has been uniting father and son since the inception of the game in the 1850s. So on this Father’s Day, we are grateful to the many dads out there who taught us how to play America’s pastime. With the Chicago Cubs in town for this past weekend’s series, a few of the visiting players shared their memories growing up learning the tools of the trade from their fathers. Scott Hairston (Photo by Jim Mancari) Following in Dad’s Footsteps As the son of a Major Leaguer, former Met and current Cubs’ outfielder Scott Hairston recalls always being at the old Comiskey Park to watch his dad, Jerry Sr., play. Jerry Sr. spent 13 of his big-league seasons with the Chicago White Sox, so Scott grew up in Naperville, Ill., and always wanted to play for a Chicago team. “My dad was a huge influence on me obviously being a baseball player,” Hairston said. “With his direction, the discipline I received from him made me the man I am today. I love my father, and I appreciate all the hard work he’s d...
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