Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/15/12

Most normal kids expect to graduate from high school, but that doesn’t make the moment any less special when it finally arrives. For many, high school graduation signifies becoming a man or a woman. Unlike elementary school or middle school graduation, high school graduation is the last thing you do before heading off into the real world and taking on real responsibilities. However, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson doesn’t seem to see what all the hype is about. After missing his son Cam’s high school graduation on Thursday night in Michigan, Gibson gave the following explanation.

“You’re supposed to graduate,” he said according to U-T San Diego. “His mom and the rest of the family will be there. He’s coming to see me next week.”

And Kirk is supposed to win the World Series, so we’ll all just golf clap if that ever happens. Rather than flying home Thursday and rejoining the D-Backs in Anaheim on Friday, Gibson remained with his team for the final game of their series against the Rangers. While his personal family matters are none of our business, he could have come up with something better to say like “It’s a shame I can’t make it” or “I’m really proud of him.”

As The Big Lead pointed out, Cam was drafted in the 38th round by Arizona a couple of weeks ago but is expected to pursue a collegiate career at Michigan State like his old man. While we have no idea what the relationship between father and son is like, the fact that Gibson missed Cam’s graduation because it’s something that is supposed to happen seems a bit cold.

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